In this Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 file photo, Palestinians stand on the rubble of houses destroyed in an Israeli strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)
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Egypt is finalizing details of a long-term truce deal between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, an Egyptian security source said Thursday, amid easing tensions on the border of the enclave where some 2 million Palestinians live.A long-term truce could pave the way for talks on other issues, including the easing of a blockade that has crippled Gaza's economy and allowing a possible swap of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the bodies of two Israeli soldiers.Apart from the opening of its Kerem Shalom commercial crossing into Gaza, Israel also expanded the enclave's fishing zone, in waters under Israeli naval blockade, from 3 to 9 nautical miles off the southern coast and to 6 nautical miles in the north, according to the head of Gaza's fishermen's union.As wanting calm along the border, Israel has said Hamas must return the remains of two soldiers killed in the 2014 Gaza War and release two civilians whose fate is unknown.It says they are being held by Hamas in Gaza.
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