Accord reached on W Bank-Gaza link

Israelis and Palestinians have reached an agreement over a means of transportation between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

    The Israeli army is preparing to evacuate the Gaza Strip

    The agreement in principle will come into effect immediately after Israel's pullout from Gaza in August, public radio reported on Tuesday, citing Western diplomatic sources.


    According to the report, Palestinians will be able to travel between the West Bank and Gaza in convoys escorted by Israel in the immediate aftermath of Israel's pullout.


    Israeli and Palestinian officials were not immediately available to comment on the report.


    Ministers to meet


    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is to convene ministers on Tuesday for a top-level meeting to discuss the state of preparations for Israel's Gaza pullout.


    Sharon is to preside over a joint meeting of the parliamentary foreign affairs and defence committee and the parliamentary legislation committee which will start at 11.30am (0830 GMT).


    Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz, Internal Security Minister Gideon Ezra and Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz will also attend the meeting, along with the chief of police Moshe Karadi, public radio reported.


    The 10-week pullout, which is due to start in mid-August, will see all troops and Jewish settlers leave 21 settlements in Gaza and another four in the northern West Bank.

    SOURCE: Agencies


     How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    Ninety-nine years since Balfour's "promise", Palestinians insist that their rights in Palestine cannot be dismissed.

    Afghan asylum seekers resort to sex work in Athens

    Afghan asylum seekers resort to sex work in Athens

    In the rundown Pedion Areos Park, older men walk slowly by young asylum seekers before agreeing on a price for sex.

    Profile: Osama bin Laden

    Profile: Osama bin Laden

    The story of a most-wanted fugitive and billionaire.