Palestinian boy Mahmoud al-Ghol lies in bed at the European Hospital in Khan Younes in the southern Gaza Strip August 5, 2014. (REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
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A three-day cease-fire in Gaza that has brought relief to millions entered its final stretch Thursday with Israel ready to extend the calm but Hamas hedging its bets.And U.S. President Barack Obama put pressure on intensive cease-fire negotiations in Cairo by saying Gaza could not remain cut off from the world forever.Britain, France and Germany have put forward an initiative that could bring EU representatives to the Gaza border, a diplomatic source said.Israel has said it would be prepared to prolong the cease-fire "unconditionally".Ahead of Thursday's talks, Obama insisted that Gaza could not remain forever cut off by Israel's blockade, now in its eighth year.It also refers to the opening of a commercial port in Gaza, the source said.Netanyahu said Wednesday that Abbas' Palestinian Authority had an "important" role to play in Gaza, particularly in the reconstruction efforts.
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