Gaza ceasefire comes with 'Egyptian guarantees'

2012-11-21 20:13

Cairo - The ceasefire deal agreed between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza comes with Egyptian "guarantees", an Egyptian source close to truce talks told Reuters on Wednesday.

The source also said the truce, would take effect at 19:00 GMT, included an end to "assassinations" and "incursions" and would ease movement of Palestinians. 

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr announced earlier on Wednesday that the truce had been agreed between Israel and Hamas to end a week of bloodshed in and around Gaza.

Egypt has been leading international efforts to end the conflict and "these efforts have reached an agreement for a ceasefire".

"It will come into effect at nine Cairo time" [19:00 GMT], Amr said at a news conference with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"The United States welcomes the agreement today for a ceasefire. In the days ahead, the United States will work with partners in the region to consolidate this progress," Clinton said.

The White House said US President Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for agreeing to support the Egyptian plan.

"The president commended the prime minister for agreeing to the Egyptian ceasefire proposal, which the president recommended the prime minster do, while reiterating that Israel maintains the right to defend itself," it said.

In Cairo, Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal was due to give a press conference following the announcement, Hamas sources told AFP.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-11-21 20:24

    Egypt can't guarantee it's own stability.Too many treacherous terror factions to deal with.

      Punungwe - 2012-11-21 20:49

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-21 21:01

      Johan, Great leadership from President Morsi!! Egypt not stable ???? More stable than SA !!!!!!

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-21 20:33

    Good on you new Egyptian regime. Good on you Israel. What say you Hamas? The problem is your mindset, your stated commitment to destroy Israel. You're going to have to change this if you want peace and prosperity, for you and your descendants. You're causing your own suffering.

      Punungwe - 2012-11-21 20:49

  • Gary.desousa7 - 2012-11-21 20:46

    So well done to both sides, lets hope both keep to it, show restraint and work towards peace.

  • Punungwe - 2012-11-21 20:48

    It is worth noting that Clinton commended Morsi 'personal leadership' in de-escalating the crisis but did not have similar sentiments for Netanyahu.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-11-21 20:58

      Nor to Hamas

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-21 21:01

      That's a given. To suggest anything else is dreaming a nightmare.

      gaby.hide.3 - 2012-11-21 21:04

      And did not commend the Palestinians at all.

      dragonfire47 - 2012-11-21 21:17

      Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-11-21 21:15

    If I have to express my cynical view, I don't see much coming out of this truce. How many of them did Washington and Cairo play midwife to? I simply see this truce as another break in the longest encounter the world has ever witnessed. What is it called, Broedertwis?

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-21 21:41

    Another violent racist South African Muslim

      kassiem.said - 2012-11-22 07:45

      fred.fraser.12.........what an idiot

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-11-21 22:01

    Praise be to God in The Highest. Good move from Egypt. There are True Believers there amongst the Muslims. At least some one is doing something and i hope that it comes from their hearts.

  • Allaudin Khan - 2012-11-21 22:02

    see what happens when u dont think before u speak Shahied? u bring all muslims down in front of others. the brothers in Palestine are being killed yet u want this to go on? civillians on either side do not deserve this kind of assault! according to islam, u do not attack women and children under any circumstance, race or religion.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-21 22:57

      Hear hear. Well said.

      jon.jones.90663894 - 2012-11-22 06:49

      Thank you Allaudin

  • lourens.v.d.watt - 2012-11-21 22:20

    How long has this war been going on? 50 years,100 years,2000 years? I say have your full scale war and get it over with or there will never be peace.

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