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‘Significant progress’ towards Gaza truce in Cairo talks: State-linked media

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Mediators and Hamas envoys have made “significant progress” towards a Gaza truce, Egyptian state-linked TV reported Monday as the talks in Cairo entered a second day.

After weeks of diplomatic efforts, Egypt, Qatar and the United States have been scrambling to lock in a proposed six-week truce in the war between Israel and Hamas before Ramadan starts next week.

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The proposal also includes the release of hostages abducted during Hamas’s October 7 attack that sparked the war, in exchange for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

Al-Qahera News quoted an unnamed senior official as saying: “Egypt continues its intense efforts to reach a truce before Ramadan,” the Muslim fasting month which begins on March 10 or 11.

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“There has been significant progress in the negotiations,” the report said after the latest talks began Sunday in Cairo, without Israeli representation.

According to a senior US official, Israel has broadly accepted terms of the proposed six-week truce, which would also see stepped-up aid deliveries into Gaza.

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