Egypt proposes new Gaza ceasefire - official

Cairo - Egyptian mediators have proposed a new ceasefire in Gaza that would open the blockaded enclave's crossings and allow in aid and reconstruction materials, a senior Palestinian official said on Monday.

The Palestinians, including the de facto Hamas rulers of the enclave, would be willing to accept such a deal if Israel does, the official told AFP.

The proposal would defer to a later date negotiations on disputed points that have prevented a long-term ceasefire deal, he added.

An Egyptian official confirmed that mediators have contacted the Palestinians and Israel with a new proposal.

"There is an idea for a temporary ceasefire that opens the crossings, allows aid and reconstruction material, and the disputed points will be discussed in a month," the Palestinian official said.

Long-term truce

"We would be willing to accept this, but are waiting for the Israeli response to this proposal," he said, requesting anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.

A previous ceasefire to end the devastating conflict in Gaza collapsed on 19 August after Egyptian mediators were unable to bridge the gaps between the two sides.

The conflict, now in its 49th day, has killed more than 2 100 Palestinians and 68 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

Hamas has insisted that any long-term truce must end the eight-year blockade of Gaza and allow for an airport in the coastal strip that is flanked by Israel and Egypt.

Israel says it wants Hamas, which it, the United States and European Union consider a terrorist organisation, to disarm, something the militants have refused to discuss.

Nceba Mbane 2014/08/25 12:24:42 PM
I like the general idea of cease fire. That we can go on and kill each other with extreme prejudice and hatred, but still find time to take a rest, recharge and continue the killing afterwards.
rorypreddy 2014/08/25 02:53:27 PM
Hamas will break it. And kill 20 informants.
rorypreddy 2014/08/25 02:53:54 PM
Hamas will break it.
rorypreddy 2014/08/25 02:54:04 PM
Hamas will break it
Mohamed Ameerodien 2014/08/25 03:22:38 PM
No not informants. The word is TRAITOR. In other words TREASON. U know same thing the US wants to do with Snowden.
Christina Setloboko 2014/08/25 03:50:03 PM
Good luck, with hamas i don't think so.
Makhulu Zulu 2014/08/25 07:02:27 PM
Imagine needing permission from Israel to build your own airport or harbour. Panzi Apartheid Israel!