Wednesday 5 August 2015

What Hamas wants to halt its rockets

Associated Press

Published 30/07/2014 | 02:30

Light streak trail is seen as a rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel. Reuters
Light streak trail is seen as a rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel. Reuters
A United Nations aid agency car lies destroyed by shrapnel from an Israeli strike in the Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip. AP
Damage is seen at Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV office in a building that houses other media offices, which witnesses said was hit in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City. Reuters
In this image taken from video an explosion hits the media complex that houses the offices of Hamas-run Al Aqsa television and radio in central Gaza City early on Tuesday. AP
This picture shows the destroyed rooftop of the media complex that houses the offices of Hamas-run Al Aqsa television and radio after it was targeted in an Israeli strike in central Gaza City early on Tuesday. AP
Palestinians reacts in front of a mosque which witnesses said was hit in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City. Reuters
Palestinians carry their belongings as flee their house from what witnesses said were Israeli air strikes, in Gaza City. Reuters
A Palestinian firefighter tries to put out a fire at Gaza's main power plant, which witnesses said was hit in Israeli shelling, in the central Gaza Strip. Reuters
Palestinian rescue workers search for victims as people gather atop the remains of a house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
A Palestinian firefighter participates in efforts to put out a fire at Gaza's main power plant, which witnesses said was hit in Israeli shelling, in the central Gaza Strip. Reuters
A Palestinian firefighter reacts as he tries to put out a fire at Gaza's main power plant, which witnesses said was hit in Israeli shelling, in the central Gaza Strip. Reuters
Palestinians inspect the damage at the Ameen mosque in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, destroyed by an Israeli strike. AP
Palestinian firefighters extinguish a fire following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike on a house, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City. AP
Smoke and flames are seen following what witnesses said were Israeli air strikes in the east of Gaza City. Reuters
Smoke from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City. AP
Israeli female soldiers morn during the funeral of Sergeant Sagi Erez, an infantry soldier training to be a squad commander, during his funeral at the military cemetery in Haifa, northern Israel. AP

HAMAS rulers have presented demands to stop their fire on Israel in the Gaza war. Here's a look at Hamas' list of demands and why Israel is unlikely to accept many of them:

* END OF THE ISRAELI OFFENSIVE

Hamas is demanding an "immediate cessation" to Israel's war, which has hit thousands of Hamas sites, according to the Israeli military. Israel has agreed to temporary humanitarian ceasefires but says it will not halt its fire before ending incessant rocket fire from Gaza and destroying Hamas' network of tunnels that have been used to infiltrate Israel.

* THE BLOCKADE

Breaking the seven-year blockade of Gaza imposed by Israel and Egypt is the main Palestinian demand.

Hamas wants its crossings with Israel and Egypt reopened.

While Israel has indicated a willingness to ease some of the restrictions, its main fear is that Hamas will use the free flow to rearm itself and restock its weaponry.

Israel says construction material that it has allowed into Gaza was used by Hamas not for building schools and homes but rather to construct tunnels.

* THE POWER OUTAGE

Gaza has only enjoyed sporadic power. Israel already supplies Gaza with much of its power needs and though the Palestinians owe Israeli companies hundreds of millions of euro for services, this appears to be the area in which Israel would show the most flexibility.

* FISHING RIGHTS

Hamas is demanding that its sea buffer of three nautical miles be removed and they be allowed to extend its fishing area to 12 nautical miles. Israel is unlikely to agree since it would have a hard time monitoring movement and preventing arms smuggling.

* HAMAS PRISONERS

Hamas is demanding Israel release hundreds of Hamas prisoners it rounded up last month during a search for three missing Israeli teens, whose bodies were found two weeks later. Dozens had been released in an exchange in 2011 for a captive Israeli soldier.

Israel says those released in 2011 and later re-captured violated the terms of their release. It is unlikely Israel will release them.

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