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Hamas to give final decision on ceasefire on Thursday

April 22, 2008 1:08 P.M. (Updated: April 22, 2008 1:08 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Hamas will give Egypt its final decision on an Egyptian mediated ceasefire between Hamas and Israel on Thursday, Hamas spokesperson in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Dr Salah Bardawil announced on Tuesday.

"A ceasefire in the Gaza Strip alone will have repercussions, but a comprehensive ceasefire will also have repercussions," he said, adding "the entire issue will be discussed in the meeting between Egyptian intelligence chief Umar Sulaiman and a Hamas delegation headed by Mahmoud Zahhar."

"Hamas has been examining the proposal after shuttle meetings in Damascus involving leaders in-exile as well as leaders of the movement from the Gaza Strip," Bardawil explained.

According to Bardawil, Hamas has stipulated a number of preconditions for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip: -

If the Palestinian resistance undertakes military operations against Israel in the West Bank, Israel can not retaliate for these operations in Gaza.

Any ceasefire in Gaza must be bilateral.

Answering a question whether other Palestinian factions in Gaza have agreed to a ceasefire, Bardawil said almost all of them are for a ceasefire, especially Islamic Jihad.

Zahhar and his delegation are currently in Damascus and are expected to return to the Gaza Strip soon.

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