Date
19 October 2017
Azzam Ahmed, head of the Palestinian delegation in the talks, said the Palestinians hoped to reach a final deal in the coming weeks with Arab and international backing. Photo: AFP
Azzam Ahmed, head of the Palestinian delegation in the talks, said the Palestinians hoped to reach a final deal in the coming weeks with Arab and international backing. Photo: AFP

Israel-Hamas truce extension clouded by rocket fire

Israel and Palestinian representatives have agreed to extend a truce for five more days to allow them to continue negotiations for a more lasting agreement to end the fighting in Gaza, the Financial Times reported, citing Egyptian mediators and the head of the Palestinian delegation.

Speaking as the latest 72-hour truce expired, Azzam Ahmed said the Palestinians hoped to reach a final deal in the coming weeks with Arab and international backing. Israel declined to comment on the talks in Cairo.

Ahmed said agreement has been reached on many issues but a few sticking points remain, involving security issues and the lifting of Israel’s blockade of Gaza. He declined to give more details.

Earlier on Wednesday, rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, apparently breaching the three-day ceasefire. Israel responded with military strikes, saying it was targeting “terror sites” in Gaza.

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