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Senior Hamas official: Israel agreed to open Gaza crossings
Published Tuesday 26/08/2014 (updated) 28/08/2014 21:27
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel has agreed to open Gaza crossings to allow the flow of humanitarian aid and construction material, senior Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouq said Tuesday.

Speaking to Ma'an, Abu Marzouq added that three more Gaza crossings will be operated in addition the Kerem Shalom and Erez crossings, which are already operating.

Asked about the fishing zone, he said that Gaza fishermen would be allowed to reach as far as 6 nautical miles and the zone would be increased gradually until it is 12 nautical miles by the end of 2014.

Reconstruction of the war-torn Gaza Strip will be discussed during a conference in Egypt next month, added Abu Marzouq. The Palestinian national consensus government will be in charge of implementation.

The Hamas official added that the ceasefire agreement was sponsored and would be monitored by Egypt only.

Another round of negotiations will start a month from now to discuss unresolved issues, Abu Marzouq said.

Furthermore, Israeli, European and American restrictions and opposition to money transfers to Gaza for salaries for employees of the former Hamas-led government in Gaza have been cancelled. The national consensus government is supposedly working on proceedings to arrange payment of salaries.

Abu Marzouq pointed out that Israel agreed to stop targeted assassinations of resistance activists and said that a ceasefire agreement could have been reached earlier if Israel agreed to this demand sooner.

As for the Rafah crossing, Abu Marzouq said Egyptian and Palestinian officials would meet soon to discuss what is needed to open the crossing permanently.

The Gaza buffer zone has also been removed, he added.
26/08/2014 21:11

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
26/08/2014 21:34
Now all Hamas has to do is agree to the international demands that it join the peace process. Oh wait, Hamas doesn't want peace. Hamas doesn't want an economy either except to make sure enough people have some cash to buy at stores owned by Hamas thugs, and buy houses from Hamas contractors. Otherwise Hamas doesn't want an economy - it wants to continue to get charity from Iran and Qatar so it keeps everybody poor and in Hamas schools only.

3 ) ben Zalman / USA
26/08/2014 21:42
Just an FYI: The peace loving people of Israel would have opened the Raffah crossing long before a single death occurred had Hamas simply accepted Israels existence and stopped threatening it with destruction. If the poor people of Gaza think they somehow "won" this war after all its losses then nobody should question Israels defense tactics. These people apparently gladly sacrificed themselves for their satanic hellbent death cause. It could have easily been achieved peacefully.

4 ) Gail Coleman / United States
26/08/2014 21:47
I do hope all this is true and that the gains for the people of Gaza only continue to increase! I hope for peace and prosperity for everyone.

5 ) art / usa
26/08/2014 21:48
What about de arming of gaza.

6 ) She who eats from down under / Cherokee
26/08/2014 22:33
Israel has agreed to open Gaza crossings to allow the flow of humanitarian aid and construction material, senior Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouq said Tuesday. Where do these Arabs in Gaza think they have been getting there food, medical aid, fuel and power from in the last fifty days. ISRAEL, that's where the commodities have come from. The Israeli Erez crossing has only closed, when Hamas terrorists shelled and fired rockets into the crossing.

26/08/2014 23:39
In summer or winter of 2016, we are in it again, build then IDF will come to destroy what qatar will have donated

8 ) Tibi / Tubas
26/08/2014 23:48
Gaza would be better-off without the Hamas Government & Fighters, and Everyone should remind senior Hamas leader Abu Marzouq that * ISRAEL ALREADY HAD "OPEN GAZA CROSSINGS to allow the flow of humanitarian aid and construction material", both -1- BEFORE HAMAS PROVOKED THIS WAR, and that -2- ESSENTIALLY GAZA GOT NOTHING FROM HAMAS' WAR, * EXCEPT MORE DEATH AND DESTRUCTION, like in 2009 & 2012.

9 ) Mark Flanders / U.S.A.
26/08/2014 23:57
They needed to kill a few more before any agreement!

10 ) Tobias / USA
27/08/2014 00:04
Israel's one ceasefire demand is a demilitarization of Gaza, which the Palestinian delegation flatly refused, and in future talks Israel linked the lifting of the Gaza blockade and reconstructing with this demand, the disarmament of the terror groups, so either: -1- the Gaza Resistance Is Essentially Over, Or -2- Gaza Got Nothing From Hamas' War, except fishing rights (to gradually increase from 3 to 6 or possibly 12 kilometers) !!

11 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
27/08/2014 00:05
Hamas can claim whatever they want to claim. Then they can either suck it up and face the fact they lost, or they can show what strong virile islamic studs they are and attack us again - in which case they will bring down more destruction on their heads. They still hide behind the skirts of women, so more innocent Gazans will die. Hamas will never achieve its goals and thus the sooner it is gotten rid of by the Palestinians, the better for the Palestinians.

12 ) Jorge / Argentina
27/08/2014 01:03
Por los sue?os que se luchan, la realidad que se construye, la alegria que se renueva.Saludos al valerozo pueblo Palestino

13 ) Mark Simon / USa
27/08/2014 02:45
All that for "Israel agreed to open Gaza crossings"?

14 ) shirley / australia
27/08/2014 03:06
so wheres the victory it just leads to pals being under egypt isreal control no victory here back to square one egypt upholds its illegal war crime blockade and demanizing mb continues to please us eu fithy war criminals and isreal comes out the hero achieved nothing but back to 2012 conditions the crossing will never open rafah its all a trick should havewdemanded airport legal and pal rifght and seraportall other just games all hamas have managed is too destroy gaza US wins

15 ) gabi / austaliar
27/08/2014 03:25
remember the cease-fire a couple of weeks ago that Israel said Hamas broke by "kidnapping" one of their IDF soldiers - then admitting that they fabricated that, which then gave them the excuse to bomb the shit out of Gaza again - killing how many children in that little shameful episode? Well, wait and see if that happens again . . .

16 ) Altamash / India
27/08/2014 03:43
Very good news.All the people in the world should get their basic human rights.At last after so much of sacrifices&suffering,palestine people are able to get few of their basic human rights.The other rights of palestine people should be met soon.

17 ) mel kamell / malaysia
27/08/2014 03:58
Alhamdulilah...,insyallah..May peaceful for the whole region..!! ?? Thank you Allah ,..thanks too ..to Palestinian & Israel ..,be a peaceful neighborhood...,Aminnn...!!

18 ) jootoo / UK
27/08/2014 08:11
When the celebrations end. Hamas will now face the realisation of governance and must allow 100,000 children to re-start their education. What can Hamas military leadership show from this confrontation after 50 days, besides not losing their own lives? With thousands of Gaza's buildings and tens of schools having been destroyed.

27/08/2014 08:45
1973 war Once again Arabs prove they can beat the jews whenever they want!!!

20 ) AKeenReader / UK
27/08/2014 09:56
Palestinains need to be mindful that the proof of this agreement will be in the pudding considering that Israel haven't abided with Oslo accord or other previous agreements in any shape or form. How many prisioners did they recapture soon after release some of whom are still in Israeli jails? I am sure they will create obsticles along the way to avoid opening their borders. They view all Palestinians are terrorists except themsevles.

21 ) Fashionista / US
27/08/2014 14:35
Did Mark Regev the Israeli spokesperson get a spray tan for his recent TV interviews? His tan didn't look normal, did Hamas keep him away from the beach this summer?

22 ) @3 Ben Zalman / USA
27/08/2014 15:06
Had PM Netanyahu accepted the unity government & moved forward to peace under the Arab Peace Initiative, instead of doing what he does best; ruining Israel's prospects of peace & friendship with most people in the world, this war may not have happened. Still kudos to the resistance, who fought against all odds & gained Gaza & Palestine world support. Maybe its time for a new approach & fresh politicians in Israel. How about giving Bibi & colleagues a one way ticket to Ukraine (or similar).

27/08/2014 15:08

24 ) Jeff / USA
27/08/2014 17:03
For any of you "pro-Israel" Zionist nutcases to call Israelis anything remotely like "peace loving people" is simply absurd! ....after I pulled myself up off the floor from laughing at you so hard, let me just say that you all are sick and twisted, since your whole ideology and life revolves around having come in to an inhabited area, killed and massacred people, stole their land, & continue to push them out under an oppressive occupation. And you continue teaching your children hate & racism!

25 ) Outlier / USA
27/08/2014 18:02
Two thousand dead and destruction totaling billions of dollars for an easing of border restrictions - does that sound like a "win" to anyone? Talks before this started could have resulted in the same outcome.

26 ) Fair Play / Belgium
27/08/2014 18:19
If there is a real interest in disarming terrorists, start with disarming the Israeli occupation army in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. And while at it, put Israel's human shields (aka "settlers") on notice that they are illegal trespassers on land of the State of Palestine. Only when Israel's occupation ends should the international community conscience any further Israel demands on Palestinians and other non-Jews. The world has had enough bigotry from the so-called eternal victims.

27 ) ian / australia (1)
31/08/2014 01:48
If the concessions Israel is willing to make as part of the ceasefire (opening crossings, no targeted assassinations, no buffer zone, new seaport etc.) sound too good to be true they probably are. But it's not like they ever have to be honoured or anything as the proviso is an END to rocket fire. If the POLITICAL need arises for Israel to break the truce or reneg on the commitments or re-open the gates of hell, not a problem. Provoking rocket fire from Gaza is something Israel has down

28 ) ian / australia (2)
31/08/2014 01:49
(contd.) to a fine art. Palestinian violence Israel turns on and off like a spigot. And it would be the work of a moment to incite some rocket fire allowing Israel to call the whole deal off.

29 ) Colin Wright / USA
09/11/2014 10:55
In the first place, the notion that Israel can be expected to honor any agreement she makes is kind of a hoot.
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