An Israeli soldier fires a tear gas canister at Palestinian protesters following a protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, in the West Bank village of Silwad, near Ramallah August 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)
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Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are poised to resume indirect talks with Egyptian mediators on reaching a more permanent cease-fire before a current truce expires at midnight on Monday.The Egyptian government persuaded both sides late Wednesday to adhere to a new five-day cease-fire, extending an earlier three-day agreement in order to allow more time to thrash out a longer-term truce. It got off to a rocky start with Palestinian rocket attacks and retaliatory Israeli airstrikes, but Saturday marked a sixth day of quiet following more than a month of fighting that has killed more than 1,960 Palestinians and 67 on the Israeli side. Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams are now expected back in Cairo for fresh talks, which the Palestinians said would begin on Sunday, after consulting their political leaders over the weekend. The Israelis have spoken little in public about the negotiations.
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