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Gaza truce holds as talks begin

Gaza, Aug. 6 (Reuters): A Gaza truce was holding today as Egyptian mediators pursued talks with Israeli and Palestinian representatives on an enduring end to a war that has devastated the Hamas Islamist- dominated enclave.

Egypt’s intelligence chief met a Palestinian delegation in Cairo, the state news agency Mena said, a day after he conferred with Israeli representatives. The Palestinian team, led by an official from western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, includes envoys from Hamas and the Islamic Jihad group.

“The indirect talks between the Palestinians and Israelis are moving forward,” one Egyptian official said, making clear that the opposing sides were not meeting face to face. “It is still too early to talk about outcomes but we are optimistic.” Israel withdrew ground forces from the Gaza Strip yesterday.

 
 
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