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Hamas, Israel reportedly reach ceasefire agreement

Oct. 26, 2018 2:41 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 27, 2018 10:26 A.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Hamas movement and Israel reportedly reached an agreement to ease violence on the borders between the besieged Gaza Strip and southern Israel.

The Al-Hayat newspaper reported that Egyptian intelligence officials managed to reach an agreement between the two parties; the Hamas movement reportedly agreed to cease all border violence, including "The Great March of Return" protests and and incendiary balloons' launch, in exchange for lifting the Israeli-imposed siege on Gaza.

According to Al-Hayat, the possible agreement would not only put an end to the weekly protests at the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip, but to incendiary balloons and kites continuously launched from Gaza as a mean of protest.

The newspaper reported, on Friday, that both parties; Hamas and Israel, have managed to reach understandings regarding a long-term ceasefire arrangement, through Egypt-mediated indirect negotiations, which would see the lifting of the Gaza blockade in exchange for complete cessation of border violence.

Among the agreement conditions, is that Israel would open the Gaza border crossings, extend the allowed fishing zone to nine nautical miles as a beginning and then to 20 nautical miles.

Unnamed sources told the Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen that the agreement also includes employing thousands of unemployed Palestinians in Gaza.
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