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Gaza ceasefire holds on second day, extension talks under way

Published on Aug 7, 2014 4:52 AM
 
Palestinians drive past a destroyed building in the devastated neighbourhood of Shejaiya in Gaza City on August 6, 2014. Some half a million people in Gaza have been displaced by a month of bloodshed. -- PHOTO: AFP 

GAZA/CAIRO (REUTERS) - A 72-hour Gaza truce held through its second day on Wednesday and Israel said it was ready to extend the deal as Egyptian mediators pursued talks with Israelis and Palestinians on an enduring end to a war that devastated the Hamas-ruled enclave.

Egypt's intelligence chief met a Palestinian delegation in Cairo, the state news agency MENA said, a day after he conferred with Israeli representatives.

The Palestinian team, led by an official from Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, includes envoys from Hamas and the Islamic Jihad group.

"The indirect talks between the Palestinians and Israelis are moving forward," one Egyptian official said, making clear that the opposing sides were not meeting face to face.

 
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