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Hamas-Israel truce announced in Cairo

At Cairo press conference, Egyptian FM and US secretary of state announce Hamas-Israel ceasefire, set to go into effect this evening

Ahram Online, Reuters, AFP, Wednesday 21 Nov 2012
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Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza-based resistance movement Hamas at a press conference in Cairo held Wednesday at 7:30pm (Cairo time).

The ceasefire was set to come into effect at 9pm.

US President Barack Obama thanked his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday for his role is negotiating a planned truce between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza.

In a separate press conference held shortly after a truce reached between Israel and Hamas earlier in the evening on Wednesday went into effect 9pm Cairo Time, Khaled Meshaal, the head of Hamas's political bureau thanked Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi for mediating the agreement.

Meshaal, who was joined at the event by Ramadan Shalah, the secretary genera of the Palestinian Islamist Jihad movement, said that "the Palestinians will honour the truce as long as Israel does."

Israel destroyed tens of buildings, attacked media centres, in addition to killing more than 140 Palestinians in non-stop air strikes on heavily populated areas over the course of the past week.

5 Israelis died as a result of rockets fired by Hamas fighters into israel.

At the press conference, Amr commended the efforts of all parties involved in mediating the ceasefire agreement, including the Arab League and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

"Egypt has historically been committed to the Palestinian cause and continues to exert efforts aimed at finding a peaceful resolution to the war on Gaza," Amr asserted.

Clinton, for her part, expressed her gratitude to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, with whom she met earlier on Wednesday, stating that the US "greatly welcomes" the truce.

"All rocket attacks must end and there must be an end to the violence," she stated. "We have to work together towards improving the conditions of the people of Gaza and provide security for the people of Israel."

She went on to assert that the truce would have a positive impact on the wider region, the peoples of which have a right to live in peace.

"We have to focus on reaching a solution in supporting regional stability," Clinton said.

Clinton also stated that it had been agreed – in extended discussions with Morsi, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas – that there was "no alternative" to establishing a viable peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

During discussions with US President Barack Obama, Netanyahu stated his readiness "to give a ceasefire with Hamas militants a chance," according to a statement from Netanyahu's office.

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Ray Gibbs
22-11-2012 09:50am
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Cease Fire
Arab Spring holds. Thanksgivings Egypt.
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NewEgypt123
22-11-2012 05:53am
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A Good Day for Humanity
Through the direct actions of President Morsi, the killing in Gaza has ceased for the time being. I am very proud of President Morsi for achieving this cease fire. His actions saved countless human lives on every side of this conflict. Hopefully, he can leverage this achievement into something even bigger and accomplish a lasting, comprehensive peace.
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Sharif Shehata
22-11-2012 01:03am
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The Truth
All these years of violence and killing are for Land and Security. Israel and Palestine, the Map tell the true story. The Truth is that far from being the poor victim it likes to portray itself as, Israel is in fact the aggressive and belligerent Nation in the Region having invaded pretty much everyone it shares a border with. When you look at the first Map to Israel. When Israel was created by UN declaration in 1947 and when you look at Israel is today. you will know the Truth Who is Wiping, Who off of the Map. If all the world leaders and UN want to have peace and security between Israel and Palestine. The all world leaders should have agreement, the massage will be clear and the dissonance is final. 1- Israel must move back to the border as in 1947. 2-Israel must have guarantee security and peace,which must be respected by all the neighbour. This is only solution to solve the problem. all the world had enough talking and shook hands. All you need to make our dissonance n
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Steve York
21-11-2012 10:54pm
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what was missing
According to this report, Ms Clinton and Mr Amr spoke of "regional stability" an "end to violence" and "improving the conditions of the people in Gaza. Not a word about lifting the blockade or establishing a Palestinian state. Until both of these issues are resolved to the satisfaction of the Palestinians, there will be no peace. te
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Uri Istamsky, Hebrew university, Jerusalem
21-11-2012 10:33pm
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A murderous Nazi state
Israel is a murderous Nazi-like entity. It will not honor the cease fire.
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Daniella
22-11-2012 08:47am
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dont give up
let us hope they have to, this time, they had no choice really and who knows what the time will bring, maybe more intelligent and wise leadership.
U Tel Aviv
21-11-2012 11:38pm
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Time is 23:38
13 rocket fired from Gaze since 21:00. No fire from the Israeli side.
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Mahad El Hassawi
21-11-2012 10:07pm
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Well done my President
My President has showed that violence is not the answer only negotiations is the way forward
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U Tel Aviv
21-11-2012 10:56pm
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Yes indeed
May your president make the Palestinian united and help help all of us to achieve peace.
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U Tel Aviv
21-11-2012 09:19pm
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Thanks for Morsi for real leadership
Now, I hope he will be an honest observer of the agreement made under his umbrella.
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Oscar
22-11-2012 09:39am
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Tel Aviv make sure Bibi keeps the treaty this evil breaks any signed accord
Tel Aviv, you very well know that Bibi was itching for wars, with Iran and others. Obama did not let it happen. So first he attacked on Sudan, and got away with it, then he attacked Gaza. Brave Gaza responded with what they had for dailing target killings Palestinians civilians. Israel does not like any retaliation. Once it got liitle taste of it it got mad, and started full scale warfare with missiles, and boats, and air raids. ICC should arrest Bibi and his teams who started this illegal attack on Gaza.
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22-11-2012 12:44am
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Morsi did not do it
Morsi did not make the truce it was the Egyptian intelligence who was worried that Morsi would allow palestine to take over Sinai. Well done Egypt Intelligence for protecting us from Morsi
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