Thousands mark Hamas anniversary

Israeli and Egyptian officials working on extension of Gaza truce, due to expire soon.

    Haniya is expected to announce whether the truce with Israel will be extended [AFP]

    "They say, so far, the exisiting truce has not brought any gains to the people in Gaza. People say the ongoing siege is a stark example of how Israel has treated Gazans."

    Palestinian groups accuse Israel of failing to honour its part of the truce by easing the crushing blockade of Gaza that it has largely enforced since Hamas gained control of the strip in June 2007.

    Israel says Hamas, for its part, failed to stop armed groups from firing rockets and mortar rounds over the border.

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    Officials from Egypt, which has sought to mediate the two sides, and Israel were to meet in Cairo on Sunday to discuss the possibilities of extending the ceasefire.

    Amos Gilad, the Israeli defence ministry official who helped broker the six-month truce, was to hold talks with Omar Suleiman, Egypt's intelligence chief.

    "The Egyptians are interested in moving the Gaza situation forward. Results of the meeting - if any - will probably materialise in the days to come," our correspondent said.

    The UN, meanwhile, is expected to pass a resolution calling for peace in the Middle East for the first time in five years.

    The Security Council will meet on Tuesday to discuss a US-sponsored resolution, which calls for peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians to be intensified.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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