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February 4, 2023

Hamas leaders in Egypt for cease-fire talks involving Israel

A high-level delegation from Gaza has arrived in Egypt “to complete arrangements for cease-fire talks” involving sticking points between Hamas and Israel, Hamas said in a statement Sunday, CNN informs.Cease-fire talks are set to resume Monday in Cairo between Israelis and Egyptians to further discuss the details of the cease-fire, which began to take hold last week, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh’s office said. Discussions include topics such as opening border crossings to facilitate the movement of people and goods, and the easing of Israel’s economic blockade in Gaza, Haniyeh’s office said. A restriction has been loosened for Palestinian fishermen as part of the Hamas-Israel cease-fire deal, the Hamas movement said. The fishermen are now permitted to head out six nautical miles offshore, rather than three, according to a statement issued by Haniyeh. The head of Egyptian intelligence, who helped spearhead the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, informed Haniyeh of the move, the statement said.There was no immediate reaction from Israel. The cease-fire was brokered last week after Israel launched a series of strikes on Gaza with the stated goal of halting the Israel-bound rocket attacks from militants in the Palestinian territory. Egypt and the United States helped forge the cease-fire as Israeli ground forces gathered near the Gaza border for a possible ground invasion. The eight-day conflict left more than 160 Palestinians dead, many of whom were civilians. Six Israelis also died, including civilians and soldiers.

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