Date
19 November 2017
The month-long fighting has killed thousands of Palestinians and devastated large sections of Gaza, drawing fierce international condemnation. Photo: AFP
The month-long fighting has killed thousands of Palestinians and devastated large sections of Gaza, drawing fierce international condemnation. Photo: AFP

Israelis, Palestinians begin new talks to end Gaza war

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have resumed indirect talks in Egypt to try to end a month-old war in Gaza, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing the Egyptian state news agency.

The negotiations are being held as a new 72-hour ceasefire appears to be holding.

The Palestinian group Hamas is demanding an end to Israeli and Egyptian blockades of the Gaza Strip and the opening of a seaport in the enclave.

Israel insists the matter should be dealt with only in any future talks on a permanent peace deal with the Palestinians.

The war has killed 1,938 Palestinians and 67 Israelis and destroyed wide tracts of densely populated Gaza.

The Palestinian death toll has been mainly civilian, Gaza hospital officials were quoted as saying.

Israel launched strikes on July 8 to quell rocket fire from Gaza, the report said.

Israel has lost 64 soldiers and three civilians but heavy losses among civilians and the destruction of thousands of homes in Gaza have drawn international condemnation.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the new negotiations would be the last chance for an agreement.

Israeli representatives are not meeting face-to-face with the Palestinian delegation because it includes Hamas, which Israel regards as a terrorist organization.

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