Palestinians, Israelis start long-term truce talks in Cairo
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An Israeli warplane bombs buildings in Gaza. (File photo)
Representatives of Palestinian resistance fighters and Israel have started indirect talks in Cairo over a long-term ceasefire deal, says a Hamas official.
Negotiators on both sides agreed on Tuesday on a schedule to extend new talks in the Egyptian capital into the last week of October, said Izzat al-Rishq, a senior negotiator of the Hamas resistance movement.
We finished the indirect negotiations.... It was agreed to resume them in the last week of October, Rishq stated.
Negotiations are scheduled to take place nearly a month after both sides agreed to a ceasefire that ended Israel’s military aggression against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian side is expected to demand the removal of Israel’s blockade of Gaza, which has been in place since 2007.
Israeli officials, however, are pushing for the disarmament of the Palestinian resistance groups, including Hamas.
The Tel Aviv regime started pounding Gaza in early July. Some 2,140 Palestinians, mostly civilians including women, children and elderly people, were killed in the Israeli onslaught. Around 11,000 others were injured.
A vast number of homes and infrastructure were destroyed in the Israeli war on Gaza, with experts saying it would cost over USD 7 billion to rebuild the Palestinian territory.
The Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction said on September 4 that the reconstruction process would take “five years if Israel removed its blockade on Gaza entirely.”