Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announces a ceasefire is reached in the Gaza Strip. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Tuesday (August 26) a Gaza ceasefire deal with Israel has been reached under Egyptian mediation. There was no immediate confirmation from Israel, where a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined to comment. "I would like to announce the agreement of the Palestinian leadership to the invitation by our brotherly Egypt to a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire starting at 19:00 tonight local Cairo and Palestine time," Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said. Cairo's initiative, Palestinians officials said, called for an indefinite halt to seven weeks of hostilities, the immediate opening of Gaza's blockaded crossings with Israel and Egypt and a widening of the enclave's fishing zone in the Mediterranean. Under a second stage that would begin a month later, Israel and the Palestinians would discuss the construction of a Gaza sea port and an Israeli release of Hamas prisoners in the occupied West Bank, the officials said. Both Israel and Egypt view Hamas as a security threat and are demanding guarantees that weapons will not enter the economically crippled territory.