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Hamas conditions for truce, demands of all Palestinians: Abbas
Wednesday July 23, 2014 8:45 PM, IANS

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday endorsed Hamas’ demands for a ceasefire in Gaza, where officials said 624 Palestinians have been killed in 15 days of fighting, Reuters news agency reported.

In a move that could effectively turn Abbas into the main interlocutor for a Gaza truce, his umbrella Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) formally supported core conditions set by the Hamas-led fighters.

“The Gaza demands of stopping the aggression and lifting the blockade in all its forms are the demands of the entire Palestinian people and they represent the goal that the Palestinian leadership has dedicated all its power to achieve," senior PLO official Yasser Abed Rabbo was quoted as saying by Reuters in Ramallah.

Abed Rabbo also stated that Abbas pushed for a truce followed by a five-day negotiation period. Nor Hamas or Israel has responded to the PLO’s statements.

Hamas rejected Saturday a truce negotiated by Egyptian officials because it ignored the Islamist movement’s terms.

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