Egypt finalizing details of five-year Hamas-Israel truce

Blanche Robertson
August 19, 2018

Israel reopened its only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after closing it to most deliveries on July 9 over months of border tensions, as relative calm returned and truce talks progressed.

Cairo has brokered an interim truce that has allowed commercial goods into Gaza ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha feast which starts next week.

Kamel is also reportedly scheduled to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.

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PCHR calls upon Switzerland, in its capacity as the Depository State for the Convention, to demand the High Contracting Parties to convene a meeting and ensure Israel's respect for this Convention, noting that these grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions regarding the guarantee of Palestinian civilians' right to protection in the occupied territories.

At least 171 Gazans have been killed by Israeli fire since late March, mostly during protests.

The police statement did not immediately give the man's condition. Al Mayadeen added that a Fatah movement delegation would not be taking part in coming talks in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, for multiple reasons.

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The relative quiet of the last few days led Israel to open the Kerem Shalom on Wednesday to trucks bringing supplies into Gaza.

On Tuesday, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon confirmed a Channel 10 news report that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi in Egypt in May to discuss a long-term cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.

Israel says it is defending its border and accuses Hamas, a group sworn to its destruction, of using the protests as cover for attempts to breach the border fence and attack civilians and soldiers.

But the official, commenting after an Israeli security cabinet meeting on the issue, warned there could be no "real arrangement with Hamas" unless it returned the remains of two soldiers it is believed to be holding - a key sticking point.

A senior Israeli official denied that an agreement ‎‎with Hamas would exclude the issue of the Israeli ‎‎captives.

The Highest Commission for the Great March of Return, which comprises several Palestinian factions including Hamas, had earlier called on people to join the rallies and protests in eastern Gaza. Their efforts at agreeing on a power-sharing unity deal with Egyptian mediation have not borne fruit.

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