Israel, Palestinians agree long-term Gaza truce

Ramallah - The Palestinians have reached agreement with Israel on a "permanent" truce for Gaza, a senior official told AFP on Tuesday, in a move Hamas hailed as a "victory."

There was no immediate comment from Israel on the claimed deal to end seven weeks of deadly conflict in and around the territory.

The Palestinian official gave no time for when a ceasefire would take effect but said president Mahmud Abbas would give further details in a speech from his West Bank headquarters at 16:00 GMT.

"The contacts that have been going on have led to a permanent ceasefire, a (deal to) end the blockade and a guarantee that Gaza's demands and needs will be met," the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Islamist Hamas movement, de facto ruler of Gaza and party to the Abbas-led efforts to agree a truce, also said a deal had been struck with Israel.

"The negotiations ended with an agreement which embodies the resistance of our people and a victory for the resistance," its exiled deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuk wrote on his Facebook page.

The Palestinian official told AFP the truce deal had been finalised after 48 hours of intensive shuttle diplomacy by Azzam al-Ahmed, head of the Palestinian delegation to the protracted, on-off truce talks.

"Over the past 48 hours, he has been shuttling between the leadership of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, all the factions, and Egyptian leaders, travelling between Ramallah, Gaza, Doha overseas," he said.

In Gaza, Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said Egypt was expected to make an official announcement of the deal.

Jurgen Eksteen 2014/08/26 04:00:09 PM
The Gazans were part of this fight and not the broader palestinian group. To be even more accurate, this should read "long-term truce between Hamas and Israel" for it was actually Hamas that fought and not even Gaza civilians.
Makhulu Zulu 2014/08/26 04:13:51 PM
Great news.
Allan Maurice Levitt 2014/08/26 04:21:54 PM
Until Israel's security is guaranteed there cannot be a ceasefire. Too many times Hamas has broken the ceasefire. Hamas is throwing rockets continually into Israel and if their arsenal is depletion they are going to want a ceasefire (this time on Israel's terms).It is interesting that Israel has not made a comment on a so called "agreed" ceasefire. Let us all hope that the ceasefire will be for the good of both the Gazans and Israelis (not a one sided defeated (Hamas) takes all).
Felican 2014/08/26 04:27:24 PM
Should the 'News Write-up' not have been more accurately specific?? Hamas and Israel???? Ugh who writes the bulletins these days...
Mikaeel Adam 2014/08/26 04:38:25 PM
You guys must read... I quote.. The Islamist Hamas movement, de facto ruler of Gaza and party to the Abbas-led efforts to agree a truce, also said a deal had been struck with Israel.
Mikaeel Adam 2014/08/26 04:40:16 PM
@Alan Maurice Levitt. Just be happy that there is a permanent ceasefire and stop sounding like a broken record. I wont even go down this road with you and I hope everyone else feels the same..
Ennio Morricone 2014/08/26 04:41:30 PM
No more blockades, let the pple of Gaza live like humans.
Cyberfriend 2014/08/26 04:41:40 PM
So it seems the Palestinians are not going to be wiped off the face of the earth as wished by many, All praise to the Almighty.
James Uknow 2014/08/26 04:51:59 PM
finally ,now can all parties work together to create peace and security for both Israel and Palestine
Mohamed Ameerodien 2014/08/26 05:06:08 PM
Now to see if Israel will stick to this agreement.