There’s progress reported in Gaza truce talks, but Israel downplays chances of ending war with Hamas

May 05, 2024

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A Hamas delegation was in Cairo on Saturday as Egyptian state media reported “noticeable progress” in cease-fire talks for Gaza. But Israel hasn’t sent a delegation and a senior Israeli official downplayed prospects for a full end to the war while emphasizing the commitment to invading Rafah. Hamas has called for a complete end to the war and withdrawal of all Israeli forces from Gaza. A senior Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing negotiations, played down the prospects for a full end to the war. A strike in the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza killed three people, according to hospital officials.