Peace talks continue over Gaza

Both Israel and Egypt say discussions on a truce plan for Gaza were still underway after French President...

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Both <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><country-region w:st="on">Israel</country-region> and <country-region w:st="on">Egypt</country-region> say discussions on a truce plan for <place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Gaza were still underway after French President Nicholas Sarkozy announced that the Franco-Egyptian Ceasefire Agreement had been accepted by the Jewish state.

Meanwhile, <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Israel</country-region> temporarily halted its campaign against Hamas militants on Wednesday to allow more humanitarian aid into the territory.

<city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gaza was suffering from shortages of basic supplies and fuel and much of the Gaza Strip was without electricity and running water.

Head of the United Nations Relief Agency in <city w:st="on">Gaza, John Ging, said arrangements with <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Israel</country-region> did not always work out.

“I sent 37 trucks down to the crossing point to prepare for the opening, everything very carefully coordinated with the Israeli military and they were fired at by the Israeli military half way down the route. This is reality here.”