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Israel, Hamas dig in as Gaza talks go on in Cairo

In this August 6, 2014 photo, Afif Quneibi, a Palestinian orthopaedic specialist from the West Bank city of Hebron, inspects the damage to a patient room at the Al Aqsa Martyrs hospital, caused by Israeli strikes in Deir el-Balah, central Gaza Strip. A three-day truce, which helped launch talks in Cairo on new arrangements for blockaded Gaza, expires on Friday morning.   | Photo Credit: Lefteris Pitarakis

An Israeli Cabinet Minister says Israel will respond if Hamas resumes fire after a temporary three-day truce expires in the Gaza Strip.

The statement, along with Hamas’ earlier threats, signals that both sides are digging in their positions as negotiations continue in Cairo on a lasting truce and reconstruction for the war-battered coastal territory.

Minister Gilad Erdan told Israel Radio on Thursday that if Hamas renews hostilities, the military will “resume operations”.

The three-day truce, which helped launch talks in Cairo on new arrangements for blockaded Gaza, expires on Friday morning. Both sides are under heavy international pressure to agree to an extension of the ceasefire to allow more time for negotiations.


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