Hamas lists 10 cease-fire demands
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Hamas proposed its own 10-point plan for a cease-fire in hostilities with Israel.
Versions of the Hamas plan, which includes U.N.-supervised border crossings and the release of prisoners, appeared July 15 and 16 in Maariv, an Israeli newspaper, and Arabs Now, a Palestinian-focused news website. Maariv quoted a “senior Palestinian source.”
Hamas rejected a cease-fire proposal from Egypt that was to go into effect July 15.
Both reports said Hamas proposed an end to hostilities, including a pullback of Israeli tanks; lifting the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip; opening air, sea and land entries to Gaza under the auspices of the United Nations and other countries; and the release of prisoners detained in last month’s sweeping West Bank search for the kidnappers and murderers of three Israeli teenagers.
Arabs Now reported that Hamas also was proposing a 10-year “tahdiya,” a tamping down of hostilities that stops short of a full truce.
An earlier Egyptian proposal included an immediate end to hostilities, with issues to be negotiated in Egypt in its aftermath. Israel had accepted the plan but resumed its operation after six hours when Hamas continued to fire rockets into Israel.
Israel began launching airstrikes on July 8 after an intensification of rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.
Relief agencies say approximately 200 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in the strikes on what Israel has said are military targets. Four children were killed July 16 in a strike on Gaza City’s port.
One Israeli has been killed by rocket fire from Gaza. — jta