Israel negotiating Gaza ceasefire extension
A top Israeli defence official is expected to meet Sunday in Cairo with an Egyptian intelligence chief for talks about a possible extension of Israel's six-month-old ceasefire with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, Israeli media reported, dpa reported.
Amos Gilad, chief of the Israeli Defense Ministry's Security- Diplomatic Bureau, was to meet with Omar Suleiman, head of Egyptian intelligence. Egypt has previously acted as a go-between for Israel and the Palestinian militant groups.
A ceasefire struck in June for Israeli forces and Gaza militants, including the Islamic movement Hamas, which rules the territory, is due to expire Friday. The halt in the militants' rocket and mortar fire toward Israel and Israeli retaliation strikes has held, despite flare ups in the cycle of violence including an outbreak in early November.
Israeli defence officials reported two mortar rounds and a homemade Kassam rocket fired Saturday toward towns in southern Israeli, causing no casualties.
Israel's government in principle supports an extension of the Gaza ceasefire but will accept no additional Hamas conditions, Israeli media reported.
Israeli forces have kept a blockade for weeks of traffic in and out of the Gaza Strip, in response to militants' violations of the ceasefire, with only a few shipments of humanitarian supplies allowed into the enclave of 1.5 million Palestinians.