Other Palestinian officials sound pessimistic tone

A Palestinian negotiator says his side is “less optimistic” on indirect talks with Israel over the Gaza conflict as a deadline on a temporary cease-fire looms.

The negotiator spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity as the Palestinian team arrived at the Cairo International Airport. Israeli officials were expected to arrive later.

A current cease-fire in the war is due to expire at midnight Monday (2100 GMT).

The Palestinian negotiator says that a key sticking point remains Hamas’s insistence that Israel pledge to end its Gaza blockade before the talks conclude.

— AP

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