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Israel warns on security as Gaza truce talks resume

Published on Aug 17, 2014 6:29 PM
 
A Palestinian man leans against a concrete post as he looks out at the rubble of apartment buildings destroyed during fighting between Hamas militants and Israel in the Al-Shaas neighbourhood, in the north of the Gaza Strip, on Aug 16, 2014. Israel warned Sunday it would not countenance any long-term truce deal that did not answer its security needs as Gaza ceasefire talks were set to resume in Cairo. -- PHOTO: AFP

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel warned Sunday it would not countenance any long-term truce deal that did not answer its security needs as Gaza ceasefire talks were set to resume in Cairo.

Egyptian-brokered indirect negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians are taking place during a five-day lull in the fighting which is due to expire at midnight on Monday (5am Singapore time).

The aim is to broker a long-term arrangement to halt over a month of bloody fighting which erupted on July 8 and has so far claimed 1,980 Palestinians lives and 67 on the Israeli side.

But as the Israeli team landed in Cairo, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said they would not agree to any proposal which did not offer a clear answer to Israel's security needs.

 
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