Israel asks Egypt to mediate prisoner exchange talks with Hamas — report

The Al Arabiya news outlet says Israel has asked Egypt to mediate talks with Hamas over a prisoner exchange.

The two sides have held recent talks under Egypt’s aegis, the site says, citing “sources.”

Egypt has demanded that Israel make compromises for talks to move forward, and Hamas asked for a loosening of restrictions on fishing and a port, as well as prisoner releases, the report said.

Hamas is holding two Israeli civilians captive, and holds the bodies of two fallen Israeli soldiers.

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