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Israel rejects Gaza sea, airport, reaches deal on soldiers’ remains — report

The Palestinian Al-Quds newspaper reports details of the negotiations between Israel and the Gaza factions in Cairo. According to unnamed sources who spoke to the paper, the Palestinians are asking for the opening of the Erez and Karni crossings into Israel; Israel rejected Karni and agreed to 5,000 persons through Erez per month. Israel reportedly rejected the Gazans’ demands of an airport and seaport, and rejected the establishment of a seaway to Cyprus under international control.

The report says the Palestinians asked for a 12 nautical mile fishing zone off the Gaza coast, Israel was said to agreed to a six mile zone. Hamas and Islamic Jihad called for an end to the 500 meter buffer zone along the border with Israel, but Israel accepted a reduction to 100 meters.

Concerning the remains of two slain IDF soldiers, Israel reportedly agreed to release all Shalit prisoners, Palestinian parliamentarians and prisoners from before the 1993 Oslo Accords in return for the remains of Lt. Hadar Goldin and Sgt. Oron Shaul.

There was no way of independently confirming the report.

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