Hamas, Israel maintain Gaza truce positions as latest talks in Cairo finish

A Hamas official said Sunday the group's delegation for Gaza truce talks in Cairo was leaving for "consultations" in Qatar, after public disagreement with Israel intensified over demands to end their seven-month war.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "surrendering" to a demand to end the war would amount to defeat.

The Qatar-based political chief of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, countered by accusing Netanyahu of sabotaging the talks.

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The Hamas official, who requested anonymity to discuss the negotiations, told AFP that "the meeting with the Egyptian intelligence minister has ended and the Hamas delegation is leaving for Doha for further consultations".

The Hamas negotiators are due back in Cairo on Tuesday, said Al-Qahera News, a site linked to Egyptian intelligence services.

It went off-air a short time later.

The network condemned Israel's decision as a "criminal act", and said it would take legal action.

Militants also seized some 250 hostages.


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