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Hamas, Israel approach 'comprehensive agreement' on ceasefire, blockade: Turkey

Ahram Online , Monday 17 Aug 2015
Yasin Aktay
Snapshot from a Youtube video of Yasin Aktay, senior advisor to Turkish Premier Ahmet Davutoglu during an interview with El-Zaytona Tv Channel (Photo: Youtube)
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Yasin Aktay, senior advisor to Turkish Premier Ahmet Davutoglu, revealed that Islamist Hamas movement and Israel are moving towards a "comprehensive agreement" that includes ending the Gaza blockade and a permanent ceasefire.

In Monday’s interview with the Palestinian news website Al-Resala, Aktay said that the issue was discussed during last week's visit by Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal to Turkey, when he met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Davutoglu, and several Turkish officials.

Israel has imposed a naval and land blockade that restricts the movement of people and goods to and from Gaza since the Hamas won parliamentary elections and became its de-facto ruler in 2006.

Three wars between Israel and Hamas have occurred in the past six years. The most recent of them was an Israeli offensive on Gaza in July-August 2014 that left around 2,220 Palestinians dead. On the Israeli side 73 people were killed, most of them soldiers.

The assault on Gaza also displaced more than 100,000 Palestinians, with about 57,000 living in communal shelters. The assault ended with an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.
 

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