JERUSALEM - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said Thursday that a formal cease-fire announcement was imminent after Palestinian negotiators secured a commitment from Islamic militants to halt attacks on Israelis for three months.
However, there were growing signs a declaration might only be made over the weekend. Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi said the militant group will "declare to everyone its final decision in the coming days," even though Arafat said an announcement could be made "in the coming few hours."
Despite the promises, violence continued. A Palestinian shot dead an Israeli man and seriously wounded a second - both telephone company employees - in northern Israel near the West Bank border.