Hamas delegation arrives Cairo in latest Gaza truce talks

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Cairo. May 4, 2024 – Hamas delegation arrived in Cairo on Saturday to resume talks on a ceasefire deal in Gaza, after months of negotiations failed to produce a breakthrough, local media has reported.

Egyptian state-linked AL Qahera News Television quoted a high-ranking source as saying that “there is significant progress in the negotiations” between the Palestinian militant group and Israel, and that the Egyptian mediators have “reached an agreed-upon formula on most points of contention.”

Hamas said late on Friday its delegates were travelling to Cairo in a “positive spirit” after studying the latest truce proposal from Israel.

“We are determined to secure an agreement in a way that fulfils Palestinians’ demands,” the group said in a statement.

A senior Hamas official confirmed to AFP that a delegation led by Khalil Al Hayya, deputy head of the group’s political arm in Gaza, would arrive in Cairo on Saturday morning.

Hamas’s announcement came after CIA Director William Burns arrived in Cairo on Friday for meetings with mediators, according to Egyptian sources and the US news website Axios.

Hamas and CIA officials will meet Egyptian mediators, although it was unclear whether they would meet separately or together.

Qatar’s news channel Al Jazeera Arabic has reported that a Qatari delegation is travelling to Cairo on Saturday to take part in the negotiations.

Egypt, along with Qatar and the US, has been leading mediation efforts between Israel and Hamas to broker a truce in the war which began on October 7.   (NewsNow)

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