Palestinian Factions Say Permanent Ceasefire Imminent

A Hamas official claimed Thursday night that the five-day ceasefire extension was agreed upon at the last minute because of breakthrough in the talks. He claimed that there are encouraging indications that a definitive agreement may be reached within the next days. “The formula proposed by Egypt over the last two days could lead directly to what we see as a breakthrough and an answer to our demands,” he said. Deputy chief of Islamic Jihad, Ziad Nakhleh, said that an agreement on a permanent ceasefire accords was imminent, and that the agreement would include guarantees for the lifting of the blockade on Gaza.

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