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JERUSALEM - Hamas has accepted an Egyptian initiative designed to halt the war in the Gaza Strip, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said on Wednesday.
“Hamas is going to publicly express its support and acceptance,” Moratinos, the European Union’s former Middle East envoy, told reporters.
An Egyptian official, speaking on condition of anonymity, had earlier said that Hamas had agreed to the proposal drawn up by President Hosni Mubarak and Cairo was awaiting a response from Israel
JERUSALEM, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Senior Israeli defense officials agree that Israel should reach an immediate ceasefire in the warring Gaza Strip, local daily Ha'aretz reported on Wednesday.
During meetings of high-ranking officers and officials from the army and other security establishments, they said Israel achieved all it possibly could in Gaza several days ago and that it is not advisable to further expand the offensive against Hamas, said the report.
GAZA, Jan 14 (Reuters) - The number of Palestinians killed in a 19-day-old Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip reached at least 1,000 on Wednesday, including hundreds of civilians, officials in the Hamas-run Health Ministry in the enclave said.
MADRID, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Spain's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that a report quoting Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos as saying Hamas had accepted an Egyptian proposal for a Gaza ceasefire was incorrect.
"This report is not correct," a ministry spokesman said, referring to a report on the website of newspaper El Pais.
"The minister simply mentioned a piece of news that (news agency) EFE had put out saying that," the spokesman said. "He (Moratinos) does not have information from Hamas".
El Pais declined to comment on the Foreign Ministry's denial.
Originally posted by JanusFIN
Truce can come, but peace wont with these conditions...
Originally posted by JanusFIN
reply to post by kozmo
But we need that truce to get wounded out from Gaza, evacuate many people as possible to West Bank and Jordania before next slaughtering will take place. We need to get childrens out!
Damascus/Tel Aviv - Hamas, the Islamist group controlling the Gaza Strip, might support a ceasefire under certain conditions, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Wednesday in an interview broadcast by the BBC. "They (Hamas) are for the ceasefire. But when we say ceasefire, we don't say ceasefire for just three days. It has to be sustainable," said al-Assad.
The prime ingredient to making a ceasefire sustainable, he said, is Israeli respect for the ceasefire. That would mean Israel would have to abstain from targeted assassinations of Hamas leaders, launched from military helicopters or drones.
Originally posted by jibeho
Another cease fire will give Hamas time to rearm, recruit/force, lick their wounds and reorganize. Hopefully, it will allow the civilians time to seek medical aid and open the doors to evacuate. Sadly, no neighboring nation wants the refugees.
This isn't over yet folks. It is nice to have hope but I think Hope abandoned this area decades ago.
I'm not trying to be negative. I'm just trying to keep in touch with reality.