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Truce deal to end blockade — Palestinian source

The Palestinians have reached agreement with Israel on a “permanent” ceasefire for the Gaza Strip — which will also provide a framework to end the blockade over the Gaza Strip, a senior official tells AFP.

“The contacts that have been going on have agreed a permanent ceasefire, a (deal to) end the blockade and a guarantee that Gaza’s demands and needs will be met,” the official tells AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

There is no immediate comment from Israel. However, Israel has been hesitant about easing the blockade on the Gaza Strip, fearing the concessions will enable Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups operating in the Gaza Strip to import concrete for tunnels, rocket-making materials and weapons for use against Israel.

— AFP and Times of Israel staff

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