Palestinian factions reject new truce with Israel
The main Palestinian factions on Tuesday rejected any new truce with Israel unless the Jewish state halts military operations in the West Bank.
"Any halt in the fighting must reciprocated completely. The firing of rockets from Gaza can only be halted along with Israeli aggression in the West Bank," said a spokesman for the ruling Islamist movement Hamas, Ayman Taha.
The meeting in Gaza City was attended by representatives of Hamas, the Fatah movement of president Mahmud Abbas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (FPLP) and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (FDLP).
According to a senior official the meeting had been called by Abbas, who did not attend, to attempt to convince the factions to commit to a new ceasefire with Israel.
"There can only be a halt to the fighting when Israel promises to stop the assassinations, the attacks, the arrests and pulls out of Palestinian cities," said the Hamas spokesman.
Islamic Jihad was not party to a November truce under which Israeli troops pulled out of Gaza in return for a commitment from militant groups to end rocket fire from the territory.
On April 24 the military wing of Hamas declared it was no longer abiding by the truce and fired a barrage of rockets against Israel, which did not claim any victims.
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Israeli security forces killed a Palestinian militant commander and another fighter in a gunbattle in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, the military said, triggering further clashes in which Palestinians said two teens were killed in separate incidents. Israeli forces surrounded the house of Ibrahim al-Nabulsi, a senior commander of Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades militant group long on Israel's wanted list.
United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Asia tour, which won bipartisan support at home and among the world's democracies, has escalated tensions with not just one, but two, regional rivals. Pelosi last week led a congressional delegation to Taiwan, in addition to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan, despite weeks of warnings from Beijing of repercussions if the top leader in the US Congress landed in Taiwan.
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