‘Significant progress’ toward Gaza truce, hostage deal in Cairo talks – Egypt state-linked media

Mediators and envoys from the Hamas terror group have made “significant progress” toward a truce in Gaza, Egyptian state-linked TV reports as the talks in Cairo entered a second day.

Egypt, Qatar and the United States have been pushing for a ceasefire in the almost five-month-old war between Israel and Hamas, sparked by the terror group’s devastating October 7 attack, with the latest proposal calling for a six-week halt to fighting and a hostage release.

Israel did not send a negotiating team to Cairo after receiving an unsatisfactory response from Hamas on the latest framework, hammered out in Paris last weekend. The Gaza-based terror organization refused to address Jerusalem’s demand to provide a list of living hostages and to lock down how many Palestinian security prisoners Israel must release for every hostage freed, an Israeli official said.

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