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Israel, Hamas teams in Cairo for more truce talks

Published on Nov 27, 2012 6:56 AM
 
A man holds his child as he walks past destroyed buildings in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip, on Nov 26, 2012, following a truce last week between Israel and Hamas that ended eight days of conflict in which 166 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed. -- PHOTO : AFP 

CAIRO (REUTERS) - Egyptian mediators began separate talks on Monday with Hamas and with Israel to flesh out details of a ceasefire agreed last week that ended eight days of fighting in the Gaza Strip.

An Egyptian official told Reuters the talks would discuss Palestinian demands for the opening of more Israeli crossings into Gaza - a move that would help end six years of blockade of the coastal enclave ruled by the Islamist Hamas.

The Egyptian-brokered ceasefire came into force last Wednesday, ending hostilities between the two sides that cost the lives of 167 Palestinians and six Israelis.

However, the text of the truce stipulated that issues such as access to the borders, free movement for Gazans and the transfer of goods would be dealt with "after 24 hours".

 
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