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Hamas says Israel rejected hostage release proposal to extend truce

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Gaza’s ruling Hamas group said Israel declined to receive seven women and child hostages and the bodies of three others who the militants said were killed during Israel’s bombardment of the enclave in exchange for a temporary truce extension on Thursday.

“This is despite confirming through mediators that this group is all the (Hamas) movement has in terms of detainees in the agreed-upon category,” Hamas said in a statement.

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There was no immediate comment from Israel.

A truce between Israel and Hamas was due to expire at 7 a.m. (0500 GMT).

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