No Palestinian delegation in Cairo yet: Hamas

"No delegation is in Cairo yet…These reports are devoid of truth," senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq said

No Palestinian delegation in Cairo yet: Hamas

World Bulletin/News Desk

Palestinian resistance faction Hamas denied that a delegation made up of representative of Palestinian resistance factions had arrived in Cairo for talks aimed at striking a truce in the Gaza Strip.

"No delegation is in Cairo yet…These reports are devoid of truth," senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq told Anadolu Agency.

A Hamas source told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday that the delegation had arrived in Cairo for talks on the Egyptian initiative for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. According to the source, the delegation included Abu Marzouq from Hamas and Azzam al-Ahmad from President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah group.

Yasser Abd Rabu, a senior member of the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said that the delegation will leave to Cairo "for talks on all issues of the upcoming phase." Yet, he did not set the date for the delegation's departure to Cairo.

The Gaza Strip has been ravaged by relentless Israeli attacks since July 7, leaving 1285 Palestinians – mostly civilians – dead and more than 7100 others injured.

Israel claims that the offensive, now in its fourth week, aims at halting rocket fire from the blockaded Palestinian territory.

Gaza-based Palestinian factions, meanwhile, have continued to fire rockets at Israeli cities in response to the ongoing Israeli attacks.

Egypt had unveiled an initiative that calls on both Israel and Palestinian resistance factions in the Gaza Strip to halt all "hostilities" and reopen Gaza crossings.

The initiative calls on Israel to cease all hostilities in the Gaza Strip, halt any ground operations in the Gaza Strip and stop targeting civilians, according to a statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.

It also calls on Gaza-based Palestinian factions to cease all hostilities against Israel, halt rocket fire and cross-border attacks and stop targeting civilians.

The Egyptian initiative also calls for reopening Gaza crossings and facilitating the movement of persons and goods through borders.

The initiative was initially accepted by Tel Aviv, but in Gaza it was received coldly by resistance movements, which said the initiative did not satisfy the demands of the Palestinian people of Gaza.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Temmuz 2014, 17:40

Muhammed Öylek

YORUM EKLE