Hamas and Israel 'agree 18-month truce' - report

The deputy leader of Hamas said the Islamic militant group has agreed to a long-term truce with Israel for the Gaza Strip, according to Egypt’s official news agency.

The deputy leader of Hamas said the Islamic militant group has agreed to a long-term truce with Israel for the Gaza Strip, according to Egypt’s official news agency.

Moussa Abu Marzouk told Mena that Egypt’s government, which has been mediating between Hamas and Israel, would announce the truce, which will last for 18 months, in two days after consulting with other Palestinian factions.

In Jerusalem, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s office said the Israeli government had no comment on the report.

Earlier in the day, Egyptian and Hamas officials reported progress in truce talks, which included Hamas’ strongman from Gaza, Mahmoud Zahar, and Egypt’s top mediator, intelligence chief Omar Suleiman.

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