Update: Wednesday morning 1/7/09, Gaza…

(excerpt from) Times Online UK
January 7, 2009
Israel and Hamas considering Gaza ceasefire deal

Fighting rang out across Gaza this afternoon immediately after the end of a three hour ceasefire to allow food and medical aid into the Palestinian territory.

Diplomatic efforts to end the violence continued, with President Nicolas Sarkozy of France claiming to have brokered a ceasefire agreement with Jerusalem.

Hamas and Israel have both said they will consider the Franco-Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire in the bloody violence in the Gaza Strip. Israel however rejected a claim by Mr Sarkozy that Israel had accepted the truce deal.

A spokesman for the French President said that he “strongly welcomes the acceptance by Israel and the Palestinian Authority of the French-Egyptian plan presented yesterday”. He made no mention of Hamas, the ruling party in Gaza…

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