Afghanistan waits for Taliban response to truce offer

Afghanistan waits for Taliban response to truce offerAfghanistan was waiting Monday for a Taliban response to President Ashraf Ghani’s suggestion of a three-month ceasefire, an offer welcomed by the United States and NATO after 17 years of war. Ghani unveiled the government’s latest gambit during an Independence Day address late Sunday, saying security forces would observe the truce beginning this week — but only if the Taliban reciprocated. The move followed an extraordinarily violent week in Afghanistan that saw that Taliban storm the provincial capital of Ghazni — just a two hour drive from Kabul — and press the fight against security forces across the country, resulting in hundreds of deaths.


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Egypt finalizing details of long-term Hamas-Israel truce: source

Egypt finalizing details of long-term Hamas-Israel truce: sourceEgypt is finalizing details of a long-term truce deal between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, an Egyptian security source said on Thursday, amid easing tensions on the border of the enclave where some two million Palestinians live. Cairo has brokered an interim truce that has allowed commercial goods into Gaza ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha feast which starts next week. “We are putting the final touches to the terms of the truce that will be signed by all sides, and we expect to announce the terms next week if Fatah helps us to do so,” the source said, referring to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s mainstream party which dominates the occupied West Bank.


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Israel reopens Gaza crossing as truce talks progress

Israel reopens Gaza crossing as truce talks progressIsrael reopened its only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after closing it to most deliveries on July 9 over months of border tensions, as relative calm returned and truce talks progressed. An Israeli official said on condition of anonymity that an initial set of “understandings” had been reached with the help of Egypt and United Nations officials, leading to calm over the last several days and the opening of the crossing. Humanitarian issues in the blockaded Gaza Strip and the return of the soldiers can be addressed if calm is maintained, the official said, adding that if not, Israel would return to “aggressive” military action.


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Israel reopens Gaza crossing as truce talks progress

Israel reopens Gaza crossing as truce talks progressIsrael reopened its only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after closing it to most deliveries on July 9 over months of border tensions, as relative calm returned and truce talks progressed. An Israeli official said on condition of anonymity that an initial set of “understandings” had been reached with the help of Egypt and United Nations officials, leading to calm over the last several days and the opening of the crossing. Humanitarian issues in the blockaded Gaza Strip and the return of the soldiers can be addressed if calm is maintained, the official said, adding that if not, Israel would return to “aggressive” military action.


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Hamas fires rockets, Israel bombs Gaza despite talk of truce

Hamas fires rockets, Israel bombs Gaza despite talk of truceBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel and the Israeli military responded with air strikes on Wednesday despite talk from both sides of progress toward a possible truce to avert a fourth war in a decade. A senior member of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that controls Gaza, said talks mediated by the United Nations and Egypt on a deal to tamp down tensions were in “advanced stages”. The Israeli army said Wednesday’s violence began with militants firing guns at an Israeli engineering vehicle, and Israeli troops responding with tank fire.


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Israel says Gaza truce talks focus on easing closure in return for calm

Israel says Gaza truce talks focus on easing closure in return for calmBy Maayan Lubell and Nidal al-Mughrabi JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – Israel set out limited goals for Gaza truce talks on Sunday, saying the focus was on a proposal to ease its blockade of the Islamist Hamas-controlled territory in return for the Palestinians calming their side of the frontier. The Israeli statement came hours before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his security cabinet to discuss, and possibly approve U.N.- and Egyptian-brokered ideas for preventing another threatened Gaza war. Gaza, under years of grinding Israeli and Egyptian sanctions aimed at isolating Hamas, has seen a surge in tensions since Palestinians launched weekly border protests on March 30, drawing Israeli army fire that has killed at least 157 people.


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Hamas leaders to meet in Gaza amid Israel truce reports

Hamas leaders to meet in Gaza amid Israel truce reportsThe leadership of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas is to convene late Friday for a rare meeting, officials said, amid speculation of a long-term truce between the Gaza Strip’s rulers and Israel. The meeting comes as a Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces in clashes along the border between Gaza and Israel. Members “will discuss a number of important issues including proposals from Egypt and UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov concerning a truce and the lifting of the Israeli blockade imposed on Gaza,” the source said.


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Gaza truce shaky after Israeli tank responds to reported fence breach

  1. Gaza truce shaky after Israeli tank responds to reported fence breach  CNN
  2. Hamas accepts cease-fire after massive Israeli onslaught on militant positions  CBS News
  3. Israel, Hamas Agree to Cease Fire After Deadly Clashes  Wall Street Journal
  4. Israel Launches Broad Air Assault in Gaza Following Border Violence  New York Times
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