Tuesday 17 October 2017

Truce holds as Gaza talks continue

Palestinian Ziad Rizk, 38, sits with others in a shelter next to one of the destroyed Nada Towers, where he lost his apartment and clothes shop (AP)
Palestinian Ziad Rizk, 38, sits with others in a shelter next to one of the destroyed Nada Towers, where he lost his apartment and clothes shop (AP)

A temporary Israel-Hamas truce is holding for a second day as marathon, indirect negotiations on a lasting ceasefire and a long-term solution for the battered Gaza Strip are set to resume in Cairo.

Israel Radio said the Israeli delegation would return to the Egyptian capital today after a short stay in Israel.

The Israeli military said no incidents - neither Hamas rocket fire at Israel nor Israeli strikes in Gaza - were registered overnight.

A senior Israeli official said the "gaps between the sides were big", while a Palestinian delegation member said Egyptian mediators told them they expected "an extremely long negotiating session" today.

Press Association

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