Gaza protests and chance of reaching a calm agreement focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, Saturday, The weekly Friday protests on the Gaza border with Israel, which the papers said were the least intense in the last 32 weeks, as well as efforts to reach a calm agreement between Hamas and Israel were the focus of the Palestinian Arabic dailies on Saturday.

Al-Quds said in its main front page story that a calm deal is almost ready in the Gaza Strip on the principle of calm in return for calm. It also quoted Hamas saying efforts to end the 12-year-long Israeli blockade on Gaza are about to be successful.

Al-Ayyam said that the Gaza protests were the quieter in 32 weeks, the number of injured were the least and the protests were far away from the contact areas with Israel.

It said in another main front page story that Israel and Hamas are about to reach an agreement on calm in return for Qatari fuel and payment of salaries for Hamas employees. It said Egypt is going to exert extra effort in the coming days to bring reconciliation between the Palestinian factions and Hamas.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida opted to make President Mahmoud Abbas’ condemnation of the terrorist attack in Egypt and his condolences to the Egyptian president its main front page story.

The three dailies reported on the attack in Egypt that left seven dead and 19 wounded.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida made the story on the protests in Gaza and the West Bank and the Israeli army crackdown on them lower on the front page. It said Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian commuters on West Bank roads.

The other two dailies also reported on the events in the West Bank.

The papers said the Arab League has warned the new president in Brazil against moving the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Al-Ayyam and al-Quds said the Israeli airport authority prevented Palestinian-American writer Suzan Abu al-Hawa from entering Israel and held her at the airport until her deportation. Abu al-Hawa was supposed to participate in a literature event in the occupied West Bank.

Al-Quds said President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Sharm el-Sheikh on Friday to attend a youth conference.

It said the Palestinians marked on Friday 101 years for the infamous Balfour Declaration.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency