Gaza resistance groups back Israel-Hamas truce: Hamas leader

Zahar confirmed at the news conference that Egypt would invite envoys of Hamas, Fatah and the European Union to discuss arrangements for reopening the Rafah border crossing two weeks after the truce goes into effect.

Gaza resistance groups back Israel-Hamas truce: Hamas leader
Palestinian resistance groups in the Gaza Strip will back an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement with Israel set to take effect on Thursday morning, a Hamas leader in Gaza, Mahmoud al-Zahar, said on Tuesday.

Zahar said the truce would come into effect on Thursday morning at 6 a.m. (0300 GMT) and the agreement would result in Israel easing a blockade of the Hamas-controlled territory in exchange for fighters halting cross-border rocket attacks into Israel.

"We as Palestinian people, as Palestinian factions agreed upon a bilateral, immediate ceasefire between the Palestinian side and the Israeli side," Zahar told reporters in Gaza City.

He said the ceasefire agreement was for a six-month period.

Israeli and Palestinian officials said earlier that under any truce accord, the blockade Israel imposed on the Gaza Strip after Hamas seized the territory a year ago from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction would be eased gradually and partially.

Israel has has cut back on the supply of goods.

Israel's Defence Ministry said one of its senior officials, Amos Gilad, would fly to Cairo later on Tuesday to be updated on the progress of the truce negotiations.

Zahar confirmed at the news conference that Egypt would invite envoys of Hamas, Fatah and the European Union to discuss arrangements for reopening the Rafah border crossing two weeks after the truce goes into effect.

Reuters
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