Details of the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinians

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 August, 2014, 8:47pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 August, 2014, 3:10am

These are the broad parameters of the peace agreement struck by Israeli and Palestinian negotiators via indirect talks in Cairo. As part of the deal, both sides have agreed to address more complex issues dividing them - including the release of Palestinian prisoners and Gaza's demands for a sea port - through further indirect talks starting within a month.

Immediate steps

  • Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza agree to halt all rocket and mortar fire into Israel.
  • Israel will stop all military action including air strikes and ground operations.
  • Israel agrees to open more of its border crossings with Gaza to allow the easier flow of goods, including humanitarian aid and reconstruction equipment, into the coastal enclave.
  • In a separate, bilateral agreement, Egypt will agree to open its 14km border with Gaza at Rafah.
  • The Palestinian Authority, headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, is expected to take over responsibility for administering Gaza's borders from Hamas. Israel and Egypt hope it will ensure weapons, ammunition and any "dual use" goods are prevented from flowing into Gaza.
  • Israel is expected to narrow the security buffer along the inside of the Gaza border, reducing it from 300 metres to 100 metres if the truce holds.

Longer-term issues

  • Hamas wants Israel to release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners rounded up in the West Bank following the abduction and killing of three Jewish seminary students in June, an attack that led to the war.
  • Abbas, who heads the Fatah party, wants freedom for long-serving Palestinian prisoners whose release was dropped after the collapse of peace talks.
  • Israel wants Hamas and other militants in Gaza to hand over all body parts and personal effects of Israeli soldiers killed during the war.
  • Hamas wants a sea port built in Gaza.
  • Hamas wants the un-freezing of funds to allow it to pay 40,000 police, government workers and other administrative staff who have been without pay since late last year.
  • The Palestinians also want the airport in Gaza - Yasser Arafat International, which opened in 1998 but was shut down in 2000 after it was bombed by Israel - to be rebuilt.