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Hamas refutes Egyptian media’s claim of progress at Gaza ceasefire talks
Published on: Monday, April 08, 2024
By: Reuters, FMT
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Hamas refutes Egyptian media’s claim of progress at Gaza ceasefire talks
Israel and Hamas sent teams to Egypt for ceasefire talks yesterday following the arrival of CIA director William Burns. (AP pic)
CAIRO: A Hamas official told Reuters today that no progress was made at a new round of Gaza ceasefire talks in Cairo also attended by delegations from Israel, Qatar, and the US.

“There is no change in the position of the occupation and therefore, there is nothing new in the Cairo talks,” the Hamas official, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

“There is no progress yet,” he added.

Earlier today, Egypt’s state-affiliated Al-Qahera News TV channel quoted a senior Egyptian source as saying progress had been made in the talks, after a deal was reached among participating delegations on issues under discussion.

Israel and Hamas sent teams to Egypt yesterday after the arrival on Saturday of CIA director William Burns, whose presence underlined US pressure for a deal that would free hostages held in Gaza and ease the humanitarian crisis there.

Israel and Hamas, at war in the Gaza Strip since October, have failed so far to resolve disagreements over their main demands.

Hamas wants an end to Israel’s offensive and a full Israeli withdrawal from the shattered territory, while Israel wants a deal to free hostages from Gaza in exchange for a number of Palestinians in its jails without a commitment to end the war.

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