Gaza ceasefire deal reached - sources


Israeli news site Walla, says Egypt will make an announcement late Monday that both Hamas and Islamic Jihad have reportedly agreed to a ceasefire deal with Israel.

The agreement includes the first stage of opening the Rafah crossing and the expansion of the Gaza's fishing zone to 12 nautical miles, Walla reported.

The Israeli occupation of Gaza will also gradually allow more commercial products into Gaza, including construction material, via the Kerem Shalom crossing if the ceasefire is maintained, according to Maan news agency.

On Sunday, Hamas Chief Khaled Mashaal said that the resistance group insists that the siege on Gaza is lifted and that Gazans were being starved by a lack of food and medicine.

Speaking to an Iranian TV station, the Hamas leader said negotiations with Israel were pointless as nothing has been achieved through talks.

"Only by force and pressure did Israel give us land back," Mashaal said.

Photo Caption: EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE CEASEFIRE DEAL? Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal.