Hamas, Israel agree on Gaza cease-fire: Hamas spokesman

A photo taken on July 14, 2018 shows Palestinian rockets being fired from Gaza City towards Israel. (AFP)
Updated 21 July 2018
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Hamas, Israel agree on Gaza cease-fire: Hamas spokesman

  • It was the second such cease-fire agreement between the parties in a week and came amid growing fears of a new war
  • Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas and Israel agreed to a cease-fire early Saturday, a spokesman for the Palestinian party said, after five people including an Israeli soldier were killed Friday.
“With Egyptian and UN efforts, we reached (an agreement) to return to the previous state of calm between the (Israeli) occupation and the Palestinian factions,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement.
It was the second such cease-fire agreement between the parties in a week and came amid growing fears of a new war.
On Friday an Israeli soldier was shot dead by Palestinian fire along the border, the first killing of a soldier in and around Gaza since a 2014 war between Hamas and the Jewish state.
Three Hamas fighters were killed as Israel retaliated with airstrikes on dozens of targets.
A fourth Palestinian man was killed after being shot during a protest on the Gaza-Israel border.
Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.


Morocco makes decision to restore military service

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Morocco makes decision to restore military service

RABAT: Morocco’s government is moving to restore military service, with men and women between the ages of 19 and 25 expected to serve a year in the army, navy or air force.
King Mohammed VI’s ministerial council on Monday approved the draft law that is expected to comfortably win lawmakers’ backing when tabled for parliamentary debate in October.
The council said the aim is “to strengthen the sense of citizenship among young people.”
The plan provoked an immediate outcry on social media. Critics argued that the government wants to turn young Moroccans, among the hardest hit by unemployment, into brainwashed patriots.
Refusing to serve could be punished with 1 to 3 months in prison and a fine.
Morocco abolished military service in 2006 to save money.