25-05-2020 08:22 AM Jerusalem Timing

Abbas, Meshaal to Discuss Gaza Truce Sunday in Qatar

Abbas, Meshaal to Discuss Gaza Truce Sunday in Qatar

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political leader Khalid Meshaal will meet in Qatar Sunday to discuss a truce in Gaza, on day 13 of an Israeli offensive

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political leader Khalid Meshaal will meet in Qatar Sunday to discuss a truce in Gaza, on day 13 of an Israeli offensive.

Abbas, Meshaal (archive)“The president will meet Meshaal to discuss ways of reaching a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,” an official close to Abbas, speaking on condition of anonymity, said as the Israeli assault on the strip has killed more than 370 Palestinians since July 8.

Sunday's meeting comes after Hamas movement said it had passed on its conditions for a ceasefire to Abbas, Qatar, Turkey and the Arab League.

Hamas’ conditions include an end to aggression against the Palestinian people, lifting the blockade on the territory, and opening the Rafah border crossing with Egypt.

They also include freedom of movement for Gaza Palestinians in the area bordering the Zionist entity, freeing prisoners rearrested after being exchanged for a seized Israeli soldier, and extending the territory’s fishing zone.