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Israeli negotiators arrive in Cairo for Gaza truce talks as ceasefire holds

Published on Aug 11, 2014 3:19 PM
 

GAZA/JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - Israeli negotiators arrived in Cairo on Monday for talks on ending a month-old Gaza war with Palestinian militants, officials at the airport and the Israeli defence ministry said, after a new 72-hour truce brokered by Egypt appeared to be holding.

The Palestinian delegation meanwhile was already locked in talks with Egyptian intelligence mediators, who will relay their demands to the Israeli negotiators, a Palestinian official said.

The Israeli military said one rocket was launched at the Tel Aviv area, in Israel's commercial heartland, before the ceasefire went into effect at 2100 GMT on Sunday (5am Monday Singapore time) and may have landed in the sea. Hamas said it fired the missile.

A month of war has killed 1,910 Palestinians and 67 Israelis while devastating wide tracts of densely populated Gaza.

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire that witnesses say was caused by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City August 10, 2014. Israeli negotiators were due in Cairo on Monday for talks on ending a month-old Gaza war with Palestinian militants, an Israeli government official said, after a new 72-hour truce brokered by Egypt appeared to be holding. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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