Gaza crisis: Israel, Palestine resume talks as ceasefire extended for 24 hours

Shortly after the 24-hour extension of truce in Gaza Strip, the indirect talks between Israel and Palestine resumed to reach upon a deal that could put an end to the violence that started last month.

Last Updated: Aug 19, 2014, 15:49 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Cairo: Shortly after the 24 hours extension of truce in Gaza Strip, the indirect talks between Israel and Palestine resumed to reach upon a deal that could put an end to the violence that started last month.

While Israel has demanded disarmament of militant group Hamas, Palestine is insistent on a Gaza sea port and airport.

In an apparent attempt to pressure Hamas, Egypt said early Monday it would co-host an international fundraising conference for Gaza — but only if a deal is reached first, the AP reported.
That appears to play into the hands of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, which is seeking to regain a Gaza foothold, seven years after Hamas ousted it from power in the densely populated coastal strip.

A member of the Palestinian delegation said that Israel was offering to ease the Gaza blockade by opening border crossings to some goods and people, but was insisting that it retain the right to limit the imports of material like cement, and chemical and metal products, which Israel says can be used for weapons manufacturing.
That appears to play into the hands of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, which is seeking to regain a Gaza foothold, seven years after Hamas ousted it from power in the densely populated coastal strip.

Since the war started with an Israeli air campaign on July 8, followed by the introduction of troops on the ground nine days later, many of the strip`s structures have been destroyed and tens of thousands of people remain huddled in UN shelters.

(With AP Inputs)