Israel sets three conditions for Gaza truce

May 1st, 2008 - 6:38 pm ICT by admin  

Jerusalem, May 1 (DPA) Israel said Thursday any calm in the Gaza Strip, as proposed by Palestinian militant organization, could only be sustainable if three specific conditions were met. Foreign ministry spokesman Ariye Mekel said the militant organizations must stop firing rockets and mortars at southern Israel, stop attacks inside Israel and on the Gaza-Israel border, and stop smuggling weapons into the enclave.

If these conditions were met, the calm would be sustainable, Mekel said.

Palestinian militant factions agreed in Cairo Wednesday to a ceasefire in their fighting with the Jewish state.

Israel’s response to the truce proposal is expected to be given to Cairo next week.

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