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Hamas deputy chief denies agreement on extending Gaza truce

Palestinian stand on top of a destroyed building in the devastated neighbourhood of Shejaiya in Gaza City on August 6, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

CAIRO: Hamas deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuq said Wednesday there has been no agreement to extend a 72-hour ceasefire with Israel that is set to expire on Friday.

"There is no agreement to extend the ceasefire," wrote Abu Marzuq on Twitter. He is part of a Palestinian delegation holding indirect talks with Israel in Cairo.

Israel indicated on Wednesday it was prepared to extend the ceasefire as Egyptian mediators pushed for a durable truce.

A Palestinian official said they had not been notified of Israel's acceptance to prolong the ceasefire, which Hamas had hinged on progress in the Cairo negotiations.

But Palestinian members of the delegation had earlier on Wednesday described the negotiations as "serious and detailed".

 

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