Entries in Cease Fire (5)


Violence on Both Sides of Gaza Border Kills Three Palestinians 

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In spite of a cease fire agreement between Hamas and Israel, strikes on both sides of the Gaza border on Saturday killed two Palestinian men and a 6-year-old boy and wounded an Israeli man, the New York Times reports.

A military spokesperson told the Times the chief of Israel Defense Forces called a critical meeting of senior military officials on the Sabbath to decide how to proceed. The military chief and defense minister both briefed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who told them to do what was necessary to protect Israeli citizens, the paper says.

Hamas pledged on Saturday afternoon to continue firing rockets in response to Israeli airstrikes, but Israel's Channel 2 news reported several hours later that a new cease fire with Hamas would start on Saturday night, according to the Times.

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Obama Releases Recording Calling for Cease-Fire in Sudan

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama released an audio recording Tuesday calling for an end to the escalation of violence in the border regions of Sudan ahead of next month's secession of South Sudan.

Over the last month, the areas of Abyei and South Kordofan have seen intense fighting between militia groups aligned with South Sudan's government and the Sudan army.

The U.N. estimates nearly 150,000 people have been displaced and places the blame squarely on Khartoum, which has been carrying out systematic bombings of villages as well as occupying the regions and burning and looting homes.  There is a fear that South Kordofan, in particular, could turn into another Darfur. 

In his audio message, Obama backed up Hillary Clinton's threats to the Bashir regime that its actions risk keeping Sudan on the state-sponsored terror list and keeping up sanctions, even after the South's secession.
"Today, I want to speak directly to Sudanese leaders," Obama said.  "You must know that if you fulfill your obligations and choose peace, the U.S. will take the steps we have pledged towards normal relations.  However, those who flout their international obligations will face more pressure and isolation and they will be held accountable for their actions."

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is under tremendous internal pressure from hardliners in his government.  Many view him as the president who lost one third of the country, and most importantly, its oil-producing region.

Already, Khartoum has seen protests and unhappiness from the general population because some of the subsidies on food and oil are being phased out in anticipation of the loss of revenue after the split.

Being inflexible on negotiating the border areas but "allowing" the South's secession to happen next month, is seen as Bashir -- who is wanted in the Hague for war crimes and genocide charges -- trying to balance the internal politics of Sudan and the demands of the international community. 

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Libyan Rebels Not Interested in Deal with Gadhafi

MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images(BENGHAZI, Libya) -- Rebel leaders in Benghazi, Libya said Monday they couldn't accept the African Union's "road map" to end hostilities with government forces until Col. Moammar Gadhafi steps down from power.

Getting the rebels to agree to the proposal was a long shot, even after Gadhafi announced he would agree to a cease-fire and hold talks "with the view to adopting and implementing the political reforms necessary for the elimination of the causes of the current crisis."

However, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, who leads Libya's rebel council, was adamant that "Gadhafi must leave immediately if he wants to survive."

In Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seemed to back the rebels' demands, telling reporters there "needs to be a transition that reflects the will of the Libyan people and the departure of Gadhafi from power and from Libya."

The rejection of the peace deal is a blow to South African President Jacob Zuma, who personally met with Gadhafi in Tripoli last Sunday and described the meeting as a "huge success."

Zuma also has called on NATO to stop its bombardment of Libyan's military forces, which the coalition says won't be possible until Gadhafi loyalists lay down their arms and pull back from cities held by rebels.

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Gadhafi Accepts Cease-Fire; Is This Time Different?

Salah Malkawi/ Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Moammar Gadhafi has accepted an outline for a cease-fire with rebels, according to South African President Jacob Zuma, who met with the Libyan leader Sunday to present the African Union's road map for resolving the months-long conflict.

The road map includes an immediate and verifiable cease-fire, and ultimately a transition to a new government in Libya.

The African Union delegation, led by Zuma, says it will travel to Benghazi on Monday to meet with rebel leaders, who must also accept the AU's proposal.

Gadhafi has in the past announced his own cease-fires, only to immediately break them.

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Libya Declares Immediate Ceasefire Following UN Vote

ABC News(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Libya’s foreign minister declared a ceasefire on Friday, just hours after the United Nations Security Council approved a resolution that authorized the international community to take "all necessary measures" short of sending in ground troops, to protect civilians in Libya.

The UN’s vote on Thursday came just as Col. Moammar Gadhafi said his forces were planning a major offensive on the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

The council voted 10-0 with five abstentions, including Russia and China.

With attacks likely imminent, Gadhafi warned rebels Thursday, "We will find you."

"We are coming tonight," he said. "There won't be any mercy."

The resolution also authorized the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya as a way to protect the opposition fighters and civilians from Gadhafi's jets.

Following the vote, Col. Gadhafi’s son, Saif Gadhafi, spoke to ABC News, calling the resolution "unfair because, as you know, from the beginning we told to everybody there were no air strikes against civilians, no bombing of civilian districts or demonstrations.  And thousands of those reports showed they were false."

“You are not helping to the people if you are going to bomb Libya, to kill Libyans," Gadhafi told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour.

“We have to be very careful.  This is a trick,” said Ali Sulaiman Aujali, the former Libyan ambassador to the U.S. who has sided with anti-Gadhafi forces, at a press conference Friday.  “[Col. Gadhafi] will commend the resolution, but in the same time, he’s invading Misratah, he’s killing the people, he’s moving his arms from to strategic points.  You have to be very careful.”

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