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Hamas warily eyes proposals for long-term truce with Israel

Negotiations are ongoing between Hamas and international envoys on a potential 15-year truce with Israel, a plan some Hamas and Fatah figures see as a way to split the Gaza Strip from the West Bank.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (C) speaks to the media during his visit to the headquarters of the Palestinian cabinet in Gaza City October 14, 2014. Ban Ki-moon lamented the vast destruction in Gaza as he visited the area on Tuesday for the first time since the war, calling the situation "beyond description" and urging a speedy reconstruction effort. He also announced that Israel was permitting a first truckload of construction materials to enter the enclave, which has been blockaded by Israe
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As soon as the war ended in late August 2014, the Gaza Strip became a destination for international envoys wanting to negotiate lifting the siege and opening the border crossings as well as discuss the future of the reconciliation government.

Among the most prominent visitors was UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Oct. 14), Quartet envoy Tony Blair (Feb.15), President of the Qatari National Committee for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip Mohammed Al-Emadi (March 9), Swiss Ambassador to the Palestinian Authority (PA) Paul Garnier (March 23) and a German diplomatic delegation (April 1).

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