A wheelchair is seen as Palestinians stand atop the ruins of the headquarters of Al-Wafa rehabilitation hospital, which was destroyed during a seven-week Israeli offensive, in the east of Gaza City August 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
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Prospects of a final deal on a long-term Gaza truce between Israel and Hamas were seen as shaky Friday after its leader ruled out Israeli demands to disarm the Palestinian militant group.Israel has consistently linked the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, devastated during its 50-day war with Hamas that ended last Tuesday, to the territory's demilitarization.France's President Francois Hollande also backs the disarmament of the coastal strip where Hamas is de facto ruler.Talks on crunch issues such as Hamas' demands for a port and an airport and the release of prisoners, as well as Israel's calls to disarm militant groups, have been put on hold until negotiators return to Cairo within a month.Both Israel and Hamas have hailed the truce as a "victory".
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