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Israel, Hamas fail to make progress in Cairo on prisoner swap deal

An Israeli delegation returns from Cairo without making progress on brokering a deal with Hamas that would allow for the return of Israeli civilians being held in Gaza, as well as the remains of two IDF soldiers.

According to the Kan public broadcaster, the head of Israel’s delegation has made it clear that Israel and Hamas cannot reach any settlement without dealing with the return of those being held there.

A Kan reporter says that the Hamas demands in Cairo were dramatic and unrealistic, but that the Israeli delegation is still hopeful that Egypt can exert enough pressure on Hamas to allow a settlement to be reached.

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