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Talks stall on Israel, Hamas prisoner swap — report

Palestinian fighters from Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, attend a rally marking the 30th anniversary of the terror group, in Gaza City, December 14, 2017. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian fighters from Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, attend a rally marking the 30th anniversary of the terror group, in Gaza City, December 14, 2017. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

Egyptian-mediated talks between Israel and Hamas on a possible prisoner swap deal have stalled, with the two sides remaining firm in their demands, the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel reports.

Citing unnamed sources familiar with the negotiations, the report says Israel is refusing the Gaza-ruling terror group’s demand to release 1,000 prisoners and that several other issues remain unresolved.

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