Gaza ceasefire deal with Israel reached: Palestinian officials

Written by Reuters | Gaza/Jerusalem | Updated: Aug 27 2014, 08:16am hrs
Palestinian officials said on Tuesday a Gaza ceasefire deal with Israel has been reached under Egyptian mediation and a formal announcement of an agreement was imminent.

There was no immediate confirmation from Israel, where a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined to comment.

An agreement has been reached between the two sides and we are awaiting the announcement from Cairo to determine the zero hour for implementation, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.

Cairos initiative, Palestinians officials said, called for an indefinite halt to seven weeks of hostilities, the immediate opening of Gazas blockaded crossings with Israel and Egypt and a widening of the enclaves fishing zone in the Mediterranean. Under a second stage that would begin a month later, Israel and the Palestinians would discuss the construction of a Gaza sea port and an Israeli release of Hamas prisoners in the occupied West Bank, the officials said.