Is­rael, Ha­mas hold in­di­rect talks for long-term truce

Asian Journal - - World -

Gaza: Is­rael and Ha­mas have en­gaged in in­di­rect di­a­logues on a pro­posed long-term truce me­di­ated by Euro­pean of­fi­cials, a prom­i­nent leader of the Is­lamist group in the Gaza Strip said. “Euro­pean del­e­ga­tions are vis­it­ing Gaza and try­ing to over­come ob­sta­cles be­tween Ha­mas and the Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion, fear­ing the sit­u­a­tion in the Gaza would ex­plode, es­pe­cially af­ter in­ter­na­tional re­ports warn­ing that it’s about to col­lapse,” Ha­mas leader Ahmed Youssef said. Al­ready the talks have made “sig­nif­i­cant progress,” Youssef af­firmed, adding that Euro­pean rep­re­sen­ta­tives have long been aware of Ha­mas’s stance on Is­raeli vi­o­la­tions of in­ter­na­tional and hu­man­i­tar­ian law and the block­ade in Gaza.

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