Egypt tells Hamas: First stop firing, then discuss terms

Egypt is sticking by its terms for a ceasefire in Gaza, Channel 2 reports, telling a Palestinian delegation in Cairo that Hamas must first agree to a three-day truce with Israel without conditions, and only then can the terms of a long-lasting ceasefire be discussed.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said earlier that “the Egyptian proposal provides for a ceasefire by both sides, so that both sides can send delegations” to Egypt, where Egypt “can help broker” terms for a stable deal.

AFP reported earlier that the Palestinian delegation, which includes members of Hamas as well as the Palestinian Authority, had handed in its demands for a ceasefire to Egyptian officials.

The demands include “a ceasefire; Israeli troop withdrawal from Gaza; and the end of the siege of Gaza and opening its border crossings.” They have also insisted upon fishing rights up to 12 nautical miles off Gaza’s coast and — as demanded by Hamas and PA President Mahmoud Abbas — the release of certain Palestinian prisoners.

 

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