Abbas truce bid to call to open Rafah crossing

The Palestinian Authority will propose to Egypt that it open the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt under the surveillance of PA security, as part of the negotiations to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas will present this offer to the Egyptian president during their meeting in Cairo tomorrow. He is also set to meet with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in either Cairo or Ankara.

Hamas has demanded that the Rafah crossing be opened, as part of its requirements for a truce. Israel is not expected to oppose the measure, if PA forces are deployed to man the crossing, official sources say.

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Avi Issacharoff

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