Palestinian Factions Call Another Truce

Ceasefire is fifth in a week; Israel suffers, launches rocket strikes
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted May 19, 2007 8:28 PM CDT
A Palestinian hostage from Hamas is hugged by his mother after being released as part of a ceasefire between rivals Fatah and Hamas at the Egyptian Representation offices in Gaza City, early Sunday, May...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Fatah and Hamas agreed on a ceasefire today for the fifth time in a week, hitting the pause button on a situation that threatens the Palestinian Authority's coalition government. Meanwhile, air strikes in and out of Israel continued, and a source told the Sunday Times of London that Israel was preparing to invade Gaza.

Dozens have died in what is a effectively three-sided conflict, and Israel accuses Hamas of cranking up its attacks on Israel in an attempt to unite the Palestinians against a common enemy. President Mahmoud Abbas, a member of Fatah, will meet with the Palestinian PM, a Hamas member, "in the next few days," one negotiator told CNN.