Palestinians expect truce extension in case of no deal

Representatives of Palestinian resistance groups holding indirect negotiations for a lasting ceasefire with Israel in Gaza say they expect the truce to be extended if an agreement is not reached.

The head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement within the Palestinian delegation said on Monday that Palestinians do not want to go back to war.

The comments come as the latest round of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians has not produced any results so far as a five-day ceasefire in the coastal enclave is nearing its end.

The two sides in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, have just hours left to either reach a deal, accept a further extension of truce, or risk a resumption of the fighting.

Palestinian negotiators have hinted that no long-term deal will be signed with Israel if the Palestinians’ demands are not met.

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas wants the seven-year siege of Gaza to be removed, but Tel Aviv claims it will only take the measure if Hamas is disarmed.

Israel launched a major military offensive against the blockaded Gaza Strip on July 8, which raged for more than a month.

Hamas and Israel had agreed on the extension of a 72-hour truce for five more days late on August 13. The five-day truce is due to expire Monday at midnight.

At least 2,016 Palestinians, including 541 children, 250 women and 95 elderly men, have lost their lives so far and as many as 10,196 others have suffered injuries in the Israeli attacks.

By Press TV


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