Jerusalem — The Palestinian Authority announced that it has brokered a 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire with all Palestinian factions, with the possibility of extending it an additional 48 hours.
Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon during a news conference in Ramallah. The announcement was reportedly made with the consent of Hamas, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Hamas later denied that it had accepted a humanitarian cease-fire, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said, according to Maan, that “Yasser Abed Rabbu’s statement that Hamas agreed to a cease-fire for 24 hours is not true and has nothing to do with the resistance’s stand.”
“We will consider a cease-fire when Israel commits to it with international guarantees,” Abu Zuhri reportedly added.
The cease-fire agreement announcement came hours after a delegation of representatives of Palestinian factions, including the PA. Hamas and Islamic Jihad, arrived in Cairo to discuss a cease-fire.
Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev told the Associated Press in the wake of Rabbo’s announcement that until Israel hears from Hamas directly about the cease-fire offer, “it’s not serious.”
Israel has observed at least two-humanitarian cease-fires and observed what was to be a 24-hour extension of a cease-fire over the weekend until rockets from Gaza continued to be shot at Israel, causing the Israeli military to resume attacks.