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.


Turkey: ‘We do not want to hurt our relationship with Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case’

Updated 23 October 2018
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Turkey: ‘We do not want to hurt our relationship with Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case’

LONDON: Turkey has said it does not want to hurt its relationship with Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case.

Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told reporters in Ankara: "Saudi Arabia is for us an important country, a brotherly and friendly country. We have many partnerships and we would not want these to be damaged."

Kalin added: "Rather than making it an issue between the two countries, there has been a determination for the incident to be brought to light."