Hamas says Gaza cease-fire reached

Hamas wants an end to a decade-long Israeli-Egyptian border blockade as a condition for any long-term deal.

10 August 2018 | 00:38

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 10 August 2018 | 00:38

Fire balls caused by Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City, early Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

JERUSALEM: The Hamas militant group said a cease-fire has been reached to end the latest round of fighting with Israel.

Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV channel reported late Thursday that a cease-fire has taken hold “on the basis of mutual calm.” It said the deal was mediated by Egypt and other regional players.

A senior Hamas official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the deal would formally go into effect at midnight.

He said the agreement merely ends the latest two-day burst of violence between Israel and Hamas.

He said Egypt would continue efforts to broker a long-term cease-fire. Hamas wants an end to a decade-long Israeli-Egyptian border blockade as a condition for any long-term deal.

There was no immediate Israeli comment.


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