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Hamas Claims Truce with Israel Could Be Finalized Within Weeks

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya speaks on April 9, 2018 at the site of protests on the Israel-Gaza border east of Gazy City. The border fence between the Palestinian enclave and Israel has become the backdrop of mass Gaza demonstrations that lead to deadly clashes. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS …
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The Times of Israel reports: A senior Hamas member signaled the terror group was optimistic regarding efforts to broker a ceasefire with Israel Tuesday, saying talks on an agreement would likely wrap up by the end of August.

In addition to the United Nations and Egypt, the Hamas official told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency that Qatar and Turkey are also helping to oversee the talks.

According to the unnamed Hamas member, the deal would see the permanent opening of the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt and an easing of strictures on the flow of goods through the Kerem Shalom crossing with Israel.

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