Hamas official says delegation departing Cairo hostage talks after delivering response to mediators

A Hamas official tells AFP that the group’s negotiators in Cairo are leaving for Doha after talks regarding a potential hostage release and temporary truce deal ended in the Egyptian capital.

The delegation is leaving Cairo after delivering its response to Egyptian and Qatar mediators, the group said in a statement, and will now return to Doha for further consultations.

“The meeting with the Egyptian intelligence minister has ended and the Hamas delegation is leaving for Doha for further consultations,” says the official, who is close to the negotiations, requesting anonymity as he was not authorized to publicly discuss the talks.

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