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Media: Hamas negotiating truce terms with Israel

Representatives from military groups including Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, armed wing of Palestinian Hamas and Sereya the al-Quds, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, hold a media conference during a press conference regarding the Israeli violations and restrictions against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Gaza City on 18 July, 2017 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]
Representatives from military groups including Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, armed wing of Palestinian Hamas, in Gaza City on 18 July, 2017 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

Hamas is in discussions to reach a deal with Israel that would allow Palestinian to travel through the Rafah crossing and goods to be brought in and out of the Gaza Strip through Kerem Shalom (Kerm Abu Salem) crossing, Israeli radio has said.

Quds Press reported Reshet Bet radio station saying the deal is made up of three phases, the first would see the reopening of the crossings between Gaza and Egypt and allow the crossings to Israel to reopen.

The second phase includes signing an agreement between Fatah and Hamas to renew paying the full salaries to Palestinian Authority employees in Gaza, paving the way for the PA to control the coastal enclave under Egyptian auspicious and for elections to be held in six months.

The third phase includes investment in Gaza infrastructure, reducing unemployment, connecting Gaza’s port with the Egyptian Port Said to be ready for transporting commodities.

In addition to these, there will be a truce between the Palestinian resistance and Israel for five to ten years, in addition to a prisoners’ swap.

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