Category Archives: Truce

28 Feb

Israel Re-Opens Gaza Crossings, Fishing Zones

Israeli occupation authorities, on Wednesday, reopened the two main crossings with Gaza after days of closure following the latest escalation of tensions at the beginning of this week, Arab48 reported. In a statement, the unit of the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Occupied Territories (COGAT) said that the […]

26 Feb

As Part of Ceasefire Agreement, Israel Closes Gaza Border Crossings and Fishing Zone

Israel closed Gaza’s border crossings and the entire fishing area, Monday night, as part of the ceasefire agreed between Israel and the Palestinian factions in Gaza, according to Days of Palestine. The ceasefire went into effect at 11:30 p.m. local time, on Monday, after 2 days of intense fire, that […]

13 Dec

Hamas Official: No Long-Term Truce with Occupation

Member of Hamas’ political bureau, Khalil al-Hayya, has described the information about a long-term truce between the Palestinian resistance in Gaza and the Israeli occupation state as “false and unfounded.” In an interview conducted with him by Al-Aqsa satellite channel, on Wednesday, Hayya expressed his belief that “talking about a […]

21 May

Israel Reportedly Extends Gaza Fishing Zone to 15 Miles

Ynet news site stated, on Tuesday, that the coordination of Israeli government activities in Gaza announced the extension of the fishing zone, off the coast, to 15 nautical miles. The paper noted that this step forms part of the “small and quiet understandings” achieved at the end of last week, […]

06 May

Cautious Calm After Egyptian-mediated Ceasefire

The Gaza Strip and the sounding Israeli started witnessing a cautious calm after Egyptian managed to mediate a ceasefire agreement between the armed resistance factions in Gaza, and Israel. The ceasefire deal went into effect at 4:30 am Monday, and by then all firing of missiles and shells has ceased […]

06 May

UN Calls For Calm, Avoiding Further Escalation In Gaza

United Nations Secretary-General, AntĂłnio Guterres, stated that he is following the escalation and developments between Israel and the Gaza Strip “with deep concern”, and called on all parties to “exercise maximum restraint” to avoid further tension and casualties. Although his statement ignored the death of four Palestinians, who were killed […]

06 May

Army Pushes More Tanks, Troops, To Gaza Border

Just a few hours after the Israeli Ministerial Cabinet for “Security and Military Affairs” decided to expand the military offensive on the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army send more thanks to the border areas with the besieged coastal region. Update: A Palestinian official said that Egypt has mediated a ceasefire […]

02 Apr

Gaza Fishing Zone Expanded as Part of Ceasefire Agreement

Israel has expanded the permitted fishing zone, in the besieged Gaza Strip, as part of a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas, who currently governs the enclave. The Egyptian-brokered deal includes expanding the fishing limit along the Mediterranean coast from six to 15 nautical miles, for the first time in years, with […]

29 Mar

Egyptian Delegation in Israel to Negotiate Ceasefire

The Egyptian delegation sent by the government traveled to Israel from Gaza on Thursday to try to negotiate a ceasefire of the three-day long Israeli shelling campaign against the Gaza Strip. Israeli media sources identified General Ayman Badia and Ahmed Abdel Khalek as two of those leading the Egyptian delegation. […]

20 Nov

Israeli Forces Wound 25 Palestinians, Including AP Cameraman, in Gaza Boat Protest

The weekly protest at the Gaza beach to protest the ongoing Israeli closure of sea access to Gaza was met with violence from Israeli forces today, who fired live ammunition at protesters in boats and along the shore. 25 were wounded with live bullets, including an AP camera operator. The […]

15 Nov

UN Security Council Fails to Adopt a Decision on Gaza

The Kuwait mission to the UN, Mansour Al-Otaibi, has declared that the Security Council decisions on the situation in the Gaza Strip have failed to lead to an outcome.   Al-Otaibi stated, on Tuesday evening, at a conference which followed, “Our situation is clear…We have invited with Bolivia to hold […]

13 Nov

Israel Will Continue Airstrikes on Gaza ‘As Necessary’

The Israeli Cabinet reportedly decided, on Tuesday afternoon, to resume the offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip, following a meeting that lasted several hours. Hebrew-language news sites reported that, following a meeting that lasted for nearly seven hours, the Israeli Cabinet decided to continue airstrikes targeting the Gaza Strip “as […]

13 Nov

Resistance in Gaza Announce Egyptian-brokered Ceasefire

November 13, 2018 8:31 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

Palestinian resistance groups in the Gaza Strip announced an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel, on Tuesday, following two days of Israeli shelling of the Strip, said WAFA sources. A ceasefire deal was  allegedly reached following intensive efforts exerted by the Egyptian side. Israeli media sources also reported late Tuesday that a […]

07 Nov

Fateh Member Denies PA Approval of Truce in Exchange for Funds through Gaza

Member of the PLO Executive Committees of the Fateh and the Central Committee of the Fateh movement, Azzam al-Ahmad, denied rumors circulated by Israeli media that the Palestinian leadership had agreed to the truce in exchange for the entry of funds into Gaza through Israel, saying it was unfounded. Al-Ahmad, […]

03 Nov

Israel & Gaza Close To Ceasefire says Israeli Source

Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza are close to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, a report said Saturday, citing a high-level Israeli source. According to the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, an unnamed senior political figure leaked that a deal was in the making between Israel and the Gazan administration to allow Qatar […]

31 Oct

Israel Evades Demands to End Gaza Protests and Reach a Truce

Motasem Ahmed Dalloul is a staff writer at the Middle East Monitor. He is a specialist in the Middle East affairs. Despite Palestinian attempts to calm the Great March of Return, Israeli occupation snipers stationed along the eastern fence of the besieged Gaza Strip escalated their crackdown on the protesters this […]

22 Oct

Egyptian Delegation Arrives in Gaza to Complete Negotiations

An Egyptian security delegation, led by the head of the Palestinian file in the Egyptian intelligence, Ahmed Abdel Khaliq, arrived in Gaza on Monday, to complete the series of visits and contacts in order to complete the reconciliation process and the ceasefire truce files. The visit comes to complete what […]

19 Aug

Tension Mounts Over Truce Deal between Israel and Hamas: Report

Disagreements within the Netanyahu administration have increased tensions between Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Israeli media reports. Yedioth Ahronoth daily writes, according to the PNN, that Education Minister Bennett, head of the Jewish House Party, thinks Lieberman’s surrender to Hamas would lead to war, while […]

15 Aug

Kerem Shalom Crossing Opened, Fishing Zone Extended

Israeli occupation authorities reopened the Kerem Shalom crossing, on Wednesday morning, and allowed the entry of trucks into the Gaza Strip.   This comes at a time when Israeli media reported that Hamas and Israel had reached a settlement that would include a ceasefire, in an Egyptian-brokered agreement.   Israeli […]

12 Aug

Netanyahu: Gaza Conflict Will Not End with a Single Blow

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims that the Israeli army is in the midst of a comprehensive military confrontation with the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip. He also said that the demonstration by the Arab Monitoring Committee against the Nation-State Law is conclusive proof of the challenges facing Israel. […]

05 Aug

Terms of Initial Israeli Agreement on Egyptian Proposal Put forth

August 5, 2018 5:50 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

An initial Israeli agreement, on the Egyptian vision regarding a truce with Gaza, has reportedly been achieved, provided that a real progress is made with regard to captured Israeli soldiers in Gaza, Hebrew channel 7 reported, Sunday. According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, Channel 7 quoted the Israeli Minister […]

05 Jul

Germany Mediating Prisoner Deal between Hamas and Israel

Germany is reportedly mediating between Israel and the Gaza ruling movement, Hamas, for a prisoner exchange deal, according to a report by Al Hayat daily. According to the report, based on Western sources, Germany initiated contact with both sides and emphasized that Israel and Hamas consider Germany a fair entity […]

04 Jul

Netanyahu Warns Hamas of Heavy Price if No Truce

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly threatened the Hamas movement of paying an intolerable price if it does not settle for Israeli peace terms. The Israeli occupation government held an official ceremony marking four years since its offensive against Gaza in 2014. Jpost quoted Netanyahu as saying that he […]

31 May

Hamas Leader: Mediation to Return to Ceasefire Agreement

Hamas political bureau member Khalil Al-Hayia announced the reaching of an agreement to return back to ceasefire, in the Gaza Strip.   Al-Hayia said, in press statement on Wednesday, that Palestinian resistance factions were able to overcome the Israeli aggression and change rules of engagement, adding that several mediations have taken […]

27 Dec

Army Warns Cabinet of Military Confrontation in Gaza

Leaders of the Israeli occupation army warned, during a cabinet session, of the gravity situation in the blockaded Gaza Strip, which could end up with the outbreak of a new armed confrontation with the Palestinian resistance factions. According to Israeli Channel 2, ministers were told, at the cabinet meeting, that […]

13 Oct

Hamas, Fateh Reach Reconciliation Deal in Cairo

Palestinian factions Hamas and Fateh have reached a consensus on reconciliation to end a decade long of national split, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh announced, Thursday morning, without providing further details. Hamas member Taher al-Nono said in a statement, on Thursday, to the pro-Hamas Palestinian Information Center, that Haniyeh announced that […]

08 Sep

Hamas Declares Interest in Long-term Cease-fire Deal

Less than a week after senior Hama official Hassan Yousef’s release from Israeli prison, where he had been held for 22 months, he has expressed Hamas’ new interest in engaging in a long-term cease-fire. “Hamas is prepared to make a long-term cease-fire with the Israeli occupation, in return for it […]

29 Aug

Adalah: Israeli AG Fails to Respond to Appeals against Closure of Bakr Investigation

Paramedics and media crews at the location minutes after the attack on the beach that killed the four Bakr children as they were playing on the beach. (Courtesy of Al Mezan) The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights (Gaza), and the Palestinian Center […]

12 Aug

Zamir: Hamas Not Interested in Warring with Israel

On Wednesday, the head of the Israeli occupation forces’ Southern Command, Eyal Zamir, said that the Hamas movement does not seem interested in fighting a war against Israel, now. Zamir added, following the firing of a rocket from the Gaza Strip towards southern Israel, that Hamas is not interested in […]

03 Jun

Israeli Navy Fires on Gaza Fishing Boats

Israeli navy Saturday opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the Gaza coast forcing the boats to return to shore, said local sources. There were no reports of casualties, however, according to WAFA correspondence. Despite the signed agreements between Palestinians and Israel, which allow fishermen to go 12 nautical miles […]

31 Mar

Empire Files Rewind: How Palestine Became Colonized

First published on September 28, 2016. Previewing Abby Martin’s on-the-ground investigation in Palestine, The Empire Files looks at the long history of Zionist colonization, expansion and expulsion of Palestine’s indigenous inhabitants. Giving critical historical context to the occupation today, this timeline explores the creation of the state of Israel and […]

25 Mar

Gaza Fishermen Reported Injured Following Israeli Detention

Two fishermen who were detained by Israeli forces, on Thursday, were reported injured on Friday, and were subsequently being treated in Israeli hospitals. Zakariya Bakir, the head of the fishermen committee, said that the detained fishermen, identified as Rajab Abu Mayala and Khader al-Saadi, were injured during their detentions, one […]

21 Mar

Navy Attacks Fishermen Off Gaza Coast

Israeli occupation naval boats resumed, on Monday, persistent gunfire attacks on Palestinian fishermen sailing within the unilaterally imposed six-nautical-mile fishing zone offshore Gaza, according to local sources. WAFA correspondence said that the navy opened machine gunfire on fishermen’s boats while they were sailing offshore Gaza City, inflicting financial damages to some […]

13 Dec

(Video Series) The General’s Son: From Privileged Zionist to Activist for Palestinian Rights – RAI

On Reality Asserts Itself, Miko Peled tells Paul Jay of Baltimore’s Real News Network that his father, a famous Israeli General, was ostracized for saying it was necessary to negotiate with the PLO and respect Palestinian self-determination; but, he never gave up his belief that the expulsion of 1948 and […]

06 Nov

Gaza: Fishing Zone Expansion Postponed for 3rd Time

(PNN archive image) Israeli authorities postponed, for the third time, a planned temporary expansion of the besieged Gaza Strip’s fishing zone, on Sunday, claiming that Palestinian officials have not fulfilled their commitments. An Israeli official said that the temporary expansion of the northern Gaza Strip’s fishing zone would take place […]

24 Jul

New Airport for Gaza: Cloning the 50s UN Experience

The Project Unified Assistance (PUA) seeks to rehash the idea of a humanitarian airport supervised by the UN, in the fifties and sixties of last century, east of Gaza city. Five years ago, Ahmad Al-Khatib, the projects’ director, launched an initiative to establish a UN airport in Gaza, in an attempt […]

19 Jul

Israeli Forces Raid Gaza Borders, Fire on Fishermen

Israeli navy and army forces, on Tuesday, opened heavy machine gun fire at Palestinian fishermen, injuring at least one, as they infiltrated Gaza’s borders. WAFA correspondence said that Israeli naval boats opened fire towards fishermen, despite sailing within the six-nautical mile fishing zone offshore of Gaza’s al-Sudaniya area. One of the fishermen […]

26 Jun

Gaza: Temporary Extension of Fishing Zone Expires

A temporary extension imposed by Israeli authorities, on the designated fishing zone off the coast of the Gaza Strip, expired on Sunday, reducing the zone to six nautical miles after it had been set to nine miles, for one week. Head of Gaza’s fishermen union Nizar Ayyash told Ma’an News […]

30 May

Israel Unilaterally Reduces Gaza’s Fishing Zone To Six Nautical Miles

Israel has, yet again, unilaterally reduced the fishing zone in Gaza territorial waters to only six nautical miles, in all of Gaza’s waters, from the northern to the southern parts of the coastal region. Nizar Ayyash, the head of the Palestinian Fishers Syndicate, said the Israeli side has officially informed […]

05 May

Israeli TV: “Tension On Gaza Border Could Last For Several Days”

Various military analysts of the Israeli TV said, on Wednesday at night, that the current deterioration, and escalation, on the Gaza border is serious, but will unlikely lead to a full-blown war, and added that both Israel and Hamas are not interested in a new war. They stated that what happened […]

05 May

While Factions Call For De-escalation, Tension On Gaza Border Warns Of An Impending War

Various Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Fateh movements, have warned that the latest Israeli military escalation on Gaza, including the Wednesday bombardment of border areas in the southern part of the coastal region, could lead the area into a new full-fledged military escalation and war. Yet, while calling of de-escalation, […]

17 Jun

Hamas: Extension of Truce with Israel Possible

June 17, 2015 10:08 PM IMEMC & Agencies International, News Report, Truce 0

Hamas officials are expecting that it will soon be possible to extend the temporary truce with Israel to a period of 5 years, according to a proposal laid out by Qatar which includes an easing of the Israeli siege on Gaza and the establishment of a floating seaport off the […]

29 Apr

Long-term Ceasefire Proposed by Turkey and Qatar

April 29, 2015 4:26 PM IMEMC & Agencies International, News Report, Truce 0

A long-term ceasefire between Hamas and the Israeli occupation has been proposed by Turkey and Qatar.Informed sources confirmed to Days of Palestine that a joint Turkish-Qatari ceasefire proposal has been put forth for discussion by both Hamas and Israeli authorities. The sources said that Qatari Ambassador in Gaza, Mohamed al-Imadi, […]

27 Oct

Ceasefire Negotiations Delayed Until Mid-November

October 27, 2014 11:48 AM IMEMC & Agencies International, News Report, Truce 0

The indirect ceasefire talks with Israel, which were to resume on Monday, in Cairo, have been postponed until the second half of November, according to the head of the Palestinian negotiations team.Mr. Azzam Al-Ahmad said tthat he Egyptian officials sponsoring the negotiations postponed them due to an ongoing military operation […]

24 Sep

Netanyahu: Gaza Talks Over Security Not Peace

September 24, 2014 10:22 PM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, News Report, Truce 0

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says that his country’s participation in Egyptian-brokered talks to consolidate a Gaza ceasefire is aimed at bolstering Israeli security — not a peace deal with Palestinians.’These are negotiations on security issues, not peace negotiations,’ Netanyahu recently told Israel Hayom publication, according to AFP. ‘I was careful […]

22 Sep

Indirect Ceasefire Talks to Resume in Cairo

September 22, 2014 12:22 AM IMEMC & Agencies International, News Report, Truce 0

Indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians, with the aim of consolidating the Gaza truce are set to resume in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday, two days following new reconciliation negotiations between Fatah and Hamas, according to officials.On August 26 of this year, both sides agreed to an open-ended ceasefire which ended […]

28 Aug

Gaza Officials: Ceasefire Terms Being Implemented

August 28, 2014 10:09 AM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

Gaza officials state that Israeli authorities have begun implementing the terms of a ceasefire agreement which went into effect early Tuesday. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu declared, Wednesday, that Hamas achieved none of its goals with the truce.Palestinian officials told Ma’an News Agency that farmers were able to tend to fields […]

27 Aug

Israel Agrees to Open Gaza Crossings, Government Salaries to Be Paid

August 27, 2014 12:58 PM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

Senior Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouq said, Tuesday, that Israel has agreed to open Gaza crossings for humanitarian aid and construction materials.Mr. Abu Marzouq stated to Ma’an News Agency that three more Gaza crossings will be made functional, in addition Kerem Shalom and Erez crossings, which are already in operation. […]

27 Aug

Celebrations in Streets of Gaza as Open-ended Ceasefire Announced

August 27, 2014 12:10 AM Celine Hagbard Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

An open-ended ceasefire announced last night between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas led to celebrations in the streets of Gaza Tuesday, where people have been under constant bombardment and drone surveillance for the past seven weeks.The ceasefire is meant to lead toward the continuation of talks to address Palestinian […]

26 Aug

Israeli Media: Egypt to Announce One Month Ceasefire if Israel Agrees

August 26, 2014 1:33 AM IMEMC & Agencies International, News Report, Truce 0

Israeli media has reported that Egypt will announce, this evening, a one-month ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, if Israel is in agreement. So far Israeli officials have refused to agree to the ceasefire.According to the Palestinian News Network (PNN), the sources added that the ceasefire agreement will include the opening […]

25 Aug

Egyptian Officials Propose New Gaza Ceasefire

August 25, 2014 4:58 PM IMEMC & Agencies International, News Report, Truce 0

Egypt has proposed a new ceasefire for Gaza which would open the border crossings, allowing in aid and reconstruction materials, according to a senior Palestinian official.Palestinian leadership, including Hamas, would be willing to accept the deal if Israel does, the official reportedly told AFP, adding that negotiations on disputed points […]

25 Aug

Abbas Concludes Official Visit to Egypt

August 25, 2014 11:25 AM IMEMC & Agencies International, News Report, Truce 0

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas concluded, on Sunday, his three-day visit to Egypt as part of his effort to reach a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.Following a meeting with Egyptian President Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi, on Saturday, Mr. Abbas stressed that stopping the bloodshed in Gaza is a top priority for Palestinian leadership, and […]

23 Aug

Abbas Arrives in Cairo For 3 Day Visit

August 23, 2014 1:15 AM IMEMC & Agencies International, News Report, Truce 0

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and an accompanying delegation landed in Cairo, on Friday afternoon, to begin a 3-day visit to the region during which he is scheduled to meet with Egyptian officials, with the aim of reaching a lasting state of truce with Israel.Abbas was accompanied by PLO chief negotiator […]

20 Aug

Israeli Airstrikes Continue Wednesday Morning; Hamas Accuses Israel of Sabotaging Peace Talks

August 20, 2014 10:50 AM Celine Hagbard Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

Sources in Gaza report that Israeli airstrikes that began at midnight, Tuesday morning, with the ending of the temporary ceasefire, continued throughout the night until Wednesday morning.The Wednesday morning airstrikes reportedly killed 7 in central Gaza City, mainly from the Allouh family. This is in addition to three civilians, including […]

19 Aug

UPDATED: Ceasefire Extended for Another 24 Hours — Indirect Talks To Resume Tuesday

August 19, 2014 11:27 AM IMEMC & Agencies International, News Report, Truce 0

According to initial reported, negotiators, on Monday, agreed to extend the temporary truce in Gaza for another 24 hours, according to a senior Palestinian official. Head of the Palestinian team denied progress. The previous ceasefire lasted for 5 days and was set to expire at midnight, local time. Palestinian sources […]

17 Aug

Chances of Long-term Ceasefire Appear Remote Despite New Talks

August 17, 2014 3:43 PM IMEMC & Agencies International, News Report, Truce 0

Though indirect talks between Cairo delegation parties began anew, on Sunday, Israeli ministers are saying it’s quite possible that no deal will be reached.According to Ynet, a member of the Palestinian delegation told AP, Sunday, that the gaps between sides were still significant and that it was ‘far from certain […]

15 Aug

Al Nakhaala: Long-term Truce to Be Announced

Deputy Secretary-General of the Palestinian faction of the Islamic Jihad, Ziad al-Nakhaala, said Thursday that a long-term ceasefire to include the lifting of the siege on Gaza would be announced soon, stressing that ‘great progress’ had been made in negotiations.According to Ma’an News Agency: ‘The announcement comes after Israel reportedly […]

14 Aug

Truce Extension Holding Following Failed Start

August 14, 2014 2:08 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

Israel and Palestinian resistance fighters are holding their fire, this morning, according to Ma’an.The Israeli army says that there has been no fighting for several hours, since Israeli air strikes on Gaza finished at 3am. Different reports cite varying numbers of rockets being fired into southern Israel, from Gaza, but […]

14 Aug

Official: Truce Extended for Five Days, Rocket Fire Reported During Hiatus

August 14, 2014 1:29 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

Based on Israeli claims, three rockets were reported to have hit the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, on Wednesday, just before the official 12 am end of a 72-hour temporary ceasefire, and the beginning of a new 5 day extension.Channel 2 TV in Israel reported, earlier, that an extension of […]

12 Aug

Al-Arabi Meets with Serry and Erekat in Cairo

Secretary-General of the Arab League, Nabil Al-Arabi, has met separately with both UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, and Member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Saeb Erekat, in discussion of efforts to reach a permanent ceasefire between Israel and Gaza.According to […]

12 Aug

Cairo Negotiations Resume Today

The Israeli delegation returned to Cairo, this morning, in resumption of indirect negotiations with Palestinian officials, at the onset of a 72-hour ceasefire agreed to by both sides. The talks are to continue for the duration, in an attempt to reach a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.While the fire may have […]

04 Aug

Egyptian Mediators Presented with Truce Demands by Gaza Leaders

A Palestinian delegation which includes both PA members and Hamas representatives agreed, on Sunday, to present joint demands to Egyptian mediators, in Cairo, for a truce deal with Israel.Ma’an reports that the delegation was to meet with the Egyptian mediators, later on Sunday. Cairo will relay the demands to Israel, […]

30 Jul

Hamas Denies Agreeing to 24-hour Ceasefire

July 30, 2014 2:00 AM IMEMC News & Agencies News Report, Palestine, Truce 0

Hamas leadership denied, on Tuesday, that it had accepted a deal for a 24-hour ‘humanitarian’ ceasefire, contrary to earlier claims by Palestinian leadership.According to Ma’an News Agency, Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, speaking for Hamas, said that ‘Yasser Abed Rabbu’s statement that Hamas agreed to a ceasefire for 24 hours is […]

26 Jul

“Temporary Ceasefire” Extended Additional 4 Hours, Until 11 pm; Over 135 Bodies Recovered

July 26, 2014 11:33 PM Celine Hagbard Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

During the brief halt in Israeli bombardment on Saturday, Palestinian residents and medics have managed to retrieve the bodies of 135 Palestinians, mainly in Shuja’eyya, whose deaths had previously gone unreported because their whereabouts were unknown. Around 7 pm, Israeli officials announced that they would hold off on the resumption […]

26 Jul

Israel Rejects Kerry Ceasefire Proposal, Agrees to 12-hour ‘Humanitarian’ Pause

Israel has rejected a Gaza ceasefire proposal recently outlined by US Secretary of State John Kerry, according to Israeli public television. However, Haaretz now reports that a 12-hour ‘humanitarian’ ceasefire has been negotiated.’The security cabinet has unanimously rejected the ceasefire proposal of Kerry, as it stands,’ Channel 1 said, according […]

25 Jul

Gaza Ceasefire Talks Intensify

July 25, 2014 7:38 AM IMEMC & Agencies International, News Report, Truce 0

Talks to end the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip intensify and US Secretary of State John Kerry is now shuttling between Jerusalem and Cairo.24 July 2014 | Alternative Information Center | Sergio Yahni Kerry said that negotiations were making progress, ‘But there is still work to be done’, he […]

26 Aug

Factions In Gaza Declare Truce

August 26, 2011 6:41 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

The Islamic Jihad Movement in the Gaza Strip reported that a new mediated understanding was reached between Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza, on one hand, and Israel on the other, to declare a truce starting Friday. The understanding was reached after two days of extensive Israeli bombing targeting Gaza leading […]

23 Aug

Egypt Identifies Three Believed To Be Behind Eilat Attack, Ceasefire With Gaza Initiated

August 23, 2011 12:34 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, News Report, Truce 0

The Egyptian Authorities stated that three of the men believed to be behind the Thursday attack in Eilat coastal city have been identified, and that one of them is a fugitive who owns an ammunition factory in Sinai, the Qatar-based Al Jazeera reported. Egyptian-mediated ceasefire took effect on Monday.The three […]

12 Apr

Lieberman: We should not settle for truce with Hamas

April 12, 2011 3:38 AM George Rishmawi Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

Israel should not invest efforts in settling for truce with Hamas in Gaza and should instead try to topple Hamas’ government in Gaza, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdore Lieberman said on Monday.Settling on truce with Hamas is “a grave error” said the right wing Minister amidst international meditation efforts are underway […]

23 May

Settlers Torch Farmlands In The Jordan valley

May 23, 2010 1:30 PM Saed Bannoura Jordan Valley, News Report, Truce 0

A group of fundamentalist settlers torched, on Saturday, several farmlands in Wad al-Maleh in the northern plains of the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank.The torched lands were planted with wheat and barley. Eyewitnesses reported that the Palestinian firefighters arrived at the scene and prevented a bigger disaster. The […]

27 Aug

Gaza crossings to remain closed

August 27, 2008 8:54 PM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

Israel will keep border crossings into the Gaza Strip closed to commercial and humanitarian goods ‘until further notice,’ Israeli media outlets reported Wednesday.The Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak ordered the borders closed late on Monday, despite of the ongoing talks to free the captured Israeli soldier in Gaza Strip […]

17 Aug

Egypt demands Israel speed up Shalit’s deal

August 17, 2008 4:43 AM George Rishmawi Arab World, News Report, Truce 0

Egyptian demanded Israel to speed up talks and increase efforts to end the file of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, captured in the Gaza Strip.Israeli newspaper Yedeoth Ahronot, reported that Egypt’s intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, demanded Israeli officials responsible for Shalit’s file, Amos Gilad and Ofer Diegle, to intensify efforts […]

12 Aug

Israel seals Gaza crossings

August 12, 2008 7:23 PM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

The Israeli defense minister ordered the closure of all Gaza crossings on Tuesday, following a homemade shell landing in the nearby Israeli town of Sderot. The ruling party Hamas in Gaza downplayed the decision, calling it ‘meaningless’ on the basis that all the crossings were already effectively closed. Since 19th […]

12 Aug

Israel threatens to shut Gaza crossings

August 12, 2008 9:09 AM Saed Bannoura News Report, Rafah, Truce 0

Israel stated that it would shut all border crossing in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in response to Qassam shells fired by Palestinian fighters from the Gaza Strip into adjacent Israeli areas, according to Israeli sources. Military sources in Israel said that a homemade Qassam shell was fired on Monday […]

12 Aug

Palestinian and Israeli security officials meet in Jenin

August 12, 2008 8:29 AM IMEMC & Agencies Jenin, News Report, Truce 0

Palestinian security sources reported that Palestinian and Israeli security officials held a meeting on Monday at the Palestinian Security Headquarters in Jenin city to discuss security issues such as easing roadblocks and erasing ‘wanted fighter’ files.According to the sources, one of the key topics was a Palestinian request to fully […]

11 Aug

Hamas rejects Fayyad’s call for deploying Arab or International forces in Gaza

August 11, 2008 7:59 AM Saed Bannoura Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, stated on Sunday afternoon that it rejects the statements of Dr. Salaam Fayyad, the Palestinian Prime Minister of the Fateh led government in the West Bank, who called for the deployment of Arab or International forces in the Gaza Strip. The official statement of the movement […]

11 Aug

Palestinian Prime Minister of Hamas says no concession regarding Shalit case

August 11, 2008 12:47 AM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

Palestinian Prime Minister of Hamas, Ismail Haniya, stated on Sunday that his ruling party won’t give any concessions regarding a potential prisoner swap deal with Israel, in which captured Israeli soldier Gil’ad Shalit be exchanged for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners. In a televised interview with Ramattan News Agency in Gaza, […]

08 Aug

PRC: “Truce in Gaza could collapse in three weeks”

August 8, 2008 4:18 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) stated on Thursday that the fragile truce between Israel and the Hamas ruling part y in Gaza could collapse in three weeks. The truce started on June 19, 2008, and witnessed repeated Israeli violations and invasions. Abu Mojahid, media spokesperson of the PRC stated that […]

15 Jul

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades preserve the right to respond to Israeli attacks

July 15, 2008 1:08 AM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Strip, Interview, Truce 0

In a special interview with IMEMC, a leader of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs brigades in Gaza, Abu Almontaser, said that his resistance group preserves the right to respond to Israeli army attacks either on Gaza or on the West Bank. Abu Almontaser told the IMEMC that the Fatah-linked group would not […]

12 Jul

Salam Fayyad complains to the U.S Security coordinator of the latest Israeli raids in the West Bank

July 12, 2008 7:50 PM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Truce, West Bank 0

The Palestinian Prime Minister Dr. Salam Fayyad reported that he sent a complain letter to the U.S security coordinator General William Frères about the latest Israeli raids on The West Bank mainly at Nablus City. Dr .Salam Fayyad also announced that the Israeli acts are hindering his government’s efforts to […]

08 Jul

Fayyad: “No new Initiative for ending internal disputes”

July 8, 2008 10:26 PM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

Palestinian Prime Minister of the care taker government Dr. Salam Fayyad denied a Monday  report by Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, in which the paper claimed that he is planning to launch a new initiative to end the internal Palestinian disputes. During the weekly cabinet session in the central West Bank city […]

08 Jul

Israeli sources: homemade shell hits Karen A border crossing

July 8, 2008 1:53 AM Ghassan Bannoura Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

Israeli sources reported on Monday midday that a Palestinian home made shell struck an open area near the Karen A border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel causing no damage or injuries. The sources pointed out that the Israeli army has asked the Israeli government to allow a quick […]

07 Jul

In response to Israeli media reports, Hamas warns Israel from attacking Gaza.

July 7, 2008 9:59 PM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

The Hamas movement, which controls Gaza, warned Israel on Monday from attacking the Gaza strip. The statement was in response to Israeli media reports that Israel will resume its attacks on the Palestinian coastal region if Palestinian resistance groups fire home made shells at nearby Israeli areas. The Al Qassam […]

07 Jul

Hamas representatives to Cairo for talks over Rafah crossing

July 7, 2008 6:27 PM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

Hamas party representatives from Gaza and abroad will head for Cairo tomorrow for talks over the reopening of Rafah crossing terminal , Alhayat Arabic London-based newspaper quoted Hamas’s deputy-political bureau chief, Mousa Abu Marzouq as saying. Abu Marzouq told the newspaper that his party’s delegation will be discussing with Egyptian […]

05 Jul

Hamas suspends talks on Shalit

July 5, 2008 9:12 AM Saed Bannoura Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, stated that it suspended its indirect talks with Israel on the release of the captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, who was captured by Palestinian fighters two years ago. Hamas said that this decision was made as Israel continues to violate the truce deal which was achieved […]

04 Jul

Homemade shell fired at a Kibbutz in the Negev

July 4, 2008 10:23 AM Saed Bannoura Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

Israeli sources reported on Thursday that one Palestinian homemade shell was fired from the Gaza Strip at a Kibbutz in the Sha’r Ha-Negev Regional Council; no injuries were reported. So far, armed groups in Gaza have not issued any release claiming responsibility for the attack. Meanwhile army sources said that […]

03 Jul

Hamas government blames Israel for Rafah crossing incidents

July 3, 2008 8:07 PM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

The Hamas-dominated government in Gaza blamed Israel yesterday for the outbreak of violence at the Rafah crossing terminal in southern Gaza on Wednesday midday. In a statement, faxed to press, the government’s spokesman, Taher aL-Nunu, said that the Israeli procrastination to lift the blockade of Gaza in accordance with the […]

02 Jul

Israel reopens crossings; UN says 600,000 Gazans face food shortage

July 2, 2008 10:48 PM Ghassan Bannoura Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

Israel announced on Wednesday that it will open the border crossings used to supply Gaza with goods and fuel according to orders by the Israeli defense minister Ehod Barak. Barak had ordered the army to close the border crossings on Tuesday after claims of Hamas violating the cease-fire deal with […]

02 Jul

One more patient dies in Gaza as Israel maintains closure

July 2, 2008 6:59 PM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

Spokesman of the popular committee against the Israeli blockade, Rami Abdo, announced on Wedensday that patient number 200 died after having been unable to go for treatment outside of Gaza as Israel continues to close border crossings for more than one year now. Mazen Arrar, 20 a cardiac patient, died […]

01 Jul

Rafah Terminal to open for three days starting Tuesday

July 1, 2008 11:31 AM Saed Bannoura Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

Palestinian sources reported on Monday that the Rafah terminal between the Gaza Strip and Egypt will open for three days starting on Tuesday. The sources added that the first two days will be for departure and the third for residents willing to return to Gaza. The Border Administration in Gaza […]

28 Jun

UN Sources: “7 out of 8 truce violations were carried by Israel”

June 28, 2008 8:22 AM Saed Bannoura Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

Sources at the United Nations stated on Friday that after one week of truce in Gaza eight violations were reported, seven of these violations were carried by the Israeli army and the eighth was carried by the Palestinians. The sources added that despite these violations, the truce appears to be […]

27 Jun

Israel refuses to open the borders, Palestinian resistance shells Sderot

June 27, 2008 12:03 AM Ghassan Bannoura Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

As Israel continues to close the borders leading in or out of Gaza a Palestinian resistance group has fired several Qassam home made shells at the Israeli town of Sderot near Gaza on Thursday afternoon.Israeli sources said that the shells landed in open areas causing no damage or injuries. Al […]

26 Jun

The Islamic Jihad: Israel never opened the borders in or out of Gaza

June 26, 2008 10:19 PM Ghassan Bannoura Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

Dawoud Shihab, a leader in the Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza, told media on Thursday that Israel did not open the borders last week.The official said Israel did not close the border crossing leading in or out of the Gaza strip because the Islamic Jihad fired home made shells at […]

25 Jun

Quartet calls for calm as Palestinian-Israeli truce shaken

June 25, 2008 7:23 PM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

The Quartet Committee for Middle East Peace, made up of United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia, yesterday called on Israel and Palestinians to show restraint and help last Thursday's truce deal hold. In a statement issued in Berlin's donor countries meeting, the Quartet urged the two parties to […]

24 Jun

The Deputy Mustafa Barguti: The Assassinations in Nablus Aim to Demolish the Truce

June 24, 2008 9:31 PM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Ramallah, Truce 0

Ramallah- the General Secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative Dr. Mustafa Barghouti condemned the crime that the Israeli occupation committed in Nablus today 24-6-2008, which led to the killing of Iyad kanfar a fourth year student of Arts in Najah University and 23 year old Tariq Jom’a Abu Ghali.Barghouti stated, […]

24 Jun

Hamas: the assassination of the two Palestinians in Nablus emphasizes the Israeli aggression

June 24, 2008 7:45 PM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

The Islamic resistance group Hamas emphasized that the assassination of the two Palestinians that took place today, June 24, in Nablus is yet one more crime the Israeli occupation commited against the Palestinian people. Sami Abu Zuhri, the spokesman of the Hamas movement, declared in a statement, ‘the assassination that […]

20 Jun

Abu Zuhri: “Truce deal is proof that threats to weaken Hamas failed”

June 20, 2008 6:27 AM Saed Bannoura News Report, Palestine, Truce 0

Hamas media spokesperson, Sami Abu Zuhri, stated on Thursday that the Egyptian-mediated truce deal, which took effect on Thursday morning, is a victory for the Palestinian will and determination and is a clear proof that all attempts to weaken the Hamas movement have failed. In a press release, Abu Zuhri […]

19 Jun

Al Qassam: we are committed to the truce, if violated will respond hard

June 19, 2008 8:47 PM Ghassan Bannoura Gaza Strip, News Report, Truce 0

The Al Qassam brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas Movement, issued a press statement on Thursday announcing the group is committed to the truce between Hamas and Israel. The group added that it considers this truce as a way to ease the hardships the 1.5 million Palestinians living in […]

18 Jun

Fayyad welcomes the truce deal between Hamas and Israel in Gaza

June 18, 2008 11:14 PM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Palestine, Truce 0

The Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad of the care taker government welcomed on Wednesday the truce deal between Hamas, which controls Gaza, and Israel. Fayyad made his comments during a speech in the opening of the Development of Small Projects conference being held today in the southern West Bank city […]

18 Jun

Mhanna: “PFLP did not bless the truce”

June 18, 2008 8:38 AM Saed Bannoura News Report, Palestine, Truce 0

Responding to the statements of Hamas leader Dr. Mahmoud Zahhar, who said in a press conference on Thursday that all Palestinian factions had agreed to the truce, member of the Political Bureau of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Rabah Mhanna, said that this truce is […]