Hamas Agrees to Gaza Truce

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2009 9:20 PM CST
Palestinian workers sort flowers for export, in a greenhouse in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009.   (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
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(Newser) – Hamas says its negotiators have a reached a deal with Israel for a long-term Gaza truce, Reuters reports. A senior leader said the truce ensures the opening of all commercial crossings and will be announced over the weekend. The Egyptian-brokered pact would replace a tentative truce put in place last month after a 22-day Israeli offensive left 1,300 Palestinians dead. Israel, in the midst of election chaos, had no official comment.