Palestinian Factions Call Another Truce

Ceasefire is fifth in a week; Israel suffers, launches rocket strikes
By Greg Atwan,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2007 8:28 PM CDT
Palestinian Factions Call Another Truce
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 20, 2007. Some 30 Fatah and Hamas men were released early Sunday in the Gaza Strip as part of a ceasefire...   (Associated Press)

(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. (Read more Hamas stories.)

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