Is­rael, Ha­mas agree to

The Covington News - - WORLD -

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Is­rael and Ha­mas agreed Tues­day to an open-ended cease-fire, halt­ing a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 peo­ple, the vast ma­jor­ity Pales­tini­ans, left tens of thou­sands in Gaza home­less and dev­as­tated en­tire neigh­bor­hoods in the block­aded ter­ri­tory.

Ha­mas de­clared vic­tory and bursts of cel­e­bra­tory gun­fire erupted across Gaza, but the terms of the deal fell far short of Ha­mas’ de­mand that Is­rael and Egypt open Gaza’s bor­ders.

Un­der the Egyp­tian-bro­kered deal, Is­rael is to ease im­ports into Gaza, in­clud­ing aid and ma­te­rial for re­con­struc­tion. It also al­lows Pales­tini­ans to fish six nau­ti­cal miles off­shore, up from three nau­ti­cal miles.

In a month, the cease-fire calls for talks to be­gin in Cairo on more com­plex is­sues, in­clud­ing build­ing a sea­port and air­port in Gaza, and Is­rael’s de­mand that Ha­mas dis­arm.

How­ever, the agree­ment ap­peared to con­tain no ma­jor Is­raeli con­ces­sions and pre­vi­ous un­der­stand­ings af­ter a round of fight­ing in 2012 quickly dis­si­pated.

Pre­vi­ous cease-fire deals have col­lapsed since the war be­gan July 8, and it was not clear if this one would hold. The truce took ef­fect at 7 p.m. lo­cal time (1600 GMT), but vi­o­lence per­sisted un­til the last minute.

In Is­rael, mor­tar shells fired from Gaza killed one man and se­ri­ously wounded two peo­ple, au­thor­i­ties said.

In Gaza, po­lice re­ported that an Is­raeli airstrike 13 min­utes be­fore the cease-fire be­gan col­lapsed a five-story build­ing in the town of Beit Lahiya. Booms from Is­raeli strikes could be heard in Gaza af­ter the truce an­nounce­ment was made.

Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas, a long-time ri­val of Ha­mas, likely will play a key role in any new bor­der deal for Gaza.

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