Hamas offers Israel six-month ceasefire in Gaza Strip

The Palestinian group Hamas has offered Israel a six-month ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, broadcast and other media reports in the region said late Thursday.

Hamas offers Israel six-month ceasefire in Gaza Strip
The ceasefire would have to be a mutual arrangement and lead to an end of the Israeli blockade and the opening of all border crossings to the Gaza Strip, the high-ranking Hamas member Mahmoud Zahar was quoted as saying in Cairo by Israeli media.

Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian organizations have agreed to the ceasefire, the former Palestinian foreign minister added after meeting with Egyptian government representatives.

According to Zahars, the ceasefire is intended to be expanded to include the West Bank.

"The movement agrees to a truce in the Gaza Strip ... fixed at six months, during which period Egypt will work to extend the truce to the West Bank," Zahar was quoted as saying to reporters by Al Jazeera broadcaster.

There was no reaction from the Israeli government Thursday evening to the Hamas offer.

The offer of a ceasefire came as Hamas was preparing massive protests for Friday at at all border crossings in Gaza.

Last Mod: 25 Nisan 2008, 11:43
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