Palestinians walk past a fire following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike on a building in Gaza City July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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A possible truce to halt bloodshed in Gaza during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday next week hinges on complex negotiations that have to give Hamas, Israel and regional powers a chance to claim political and military victories.Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi shares Israel's hostility toward the Islamist Hamas that he too considers a terrorist group linked to the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood, which he toppled a year ago.Israel has killed more than 700 Palestinians in Gaza, mostly civilians, and wants to destroy more of the tunnels that enable Hamas' fighters to stage attacks inside Israel before it will accept any permanent cease-fire.Hamas, which with other Palestinian guerrillas has killed 32 Israeli soldiers inside Gaza and three civilians in Israel using rocket and mortars, wants to end a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt, opening the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza.The army says it has so far discovered 28 tunnels, roughly half of the network it believes Hamas has built.
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