Hamas Agrees To Partial Cease-Fire As Powell Touches Down

by DEBKAfile

June 18, 2003

DEBKAfile reports: Hamas signs on to partial ceasefire Wednesday night before Egyptian intelligence official Mohsein Al Nu’emani: No suicide attacks inside Israel, no Qassam missile barrages – only single shots - no overall escalation of violence.

In return, Israel gave Americans pledge to halt targeted assassinations excepting “ticking bombs” heading to strike. Hamas tries hard to execute suicide strike in Israel from West Bank town before ceasefire effective.

Washington demands accord by Friday in time for Powell to announce US-sponsored ceasefire upon landing in Israel