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Olmert reportedly calls for halt of projectile fire in ceasefire proposal

April 13, 2008 12:15 P.M. (Updated: April 13, 2008 12:15 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has outlined his conditions for a ceasefire with Palestinian military groups in the Gaza Strip, the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan reported on Sunday.

According to Al-Watan's Palestinian sources, Olmert's demands are:

First: Hamas should stop launching projectiles from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli targets. Hamas should prevent other Palestinian military groups from firing such projectiles.

Second: Hamas and other Palestinian military groups should stop manufacturing projectiles. This ban should be monitored to make sure there are no violations.

Third: Hamas should stop smuggling weapons into the Gaza Strip.

According to the anonymous sources, these conditions must be met before Olmert will agree to a ceasefire with Hamas and the other factions in Gaza. His proposal does not mention the Rafah crossing point between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, which Palestinian military leaders want opened as a part of a ceasefire.

Olmert reportedly asked that any ceasefire apply to the Gaza Strip only, excluding the West Bank.

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