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CEASEFIRE TALKS TO RESUME IN CAIRO BEFORE END OF MONTH

BETHLEHEM, Oct 22 — Ceasefire talks between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators are due to resume before the end of the month, a senior Palestinian official said Tuesday.

DFLP deputy secretary-general Qais Abed al-Karim, a member of the negotiating team, told Ma’an that Egypt will host negotiators from Oct 27 in Cairo, although an exact date is yet to be determined.

Talks should last for around two days as discussions center on the fishing zone, airport, seaport, buffer zone, the release of prisoners, and the remains of Israeli soldiers in Gaza, al-Karim added.

Earlier, Hamas said that talks would resume next week.

“Hamas and the Palestinian factions will take part in a session of indirect negotiations with the (Israeli) occupation on the 27th of this month at the invitation of Egypt,” said Hamas deputy leader Mousa Abu Marzouq.

A source close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, contacted by AFP, gave no comment on the reported resumption of talks.

The two sides last month held their first Egyptian-mediated negotiations since the end in August of their devastating 50-day war in Gaza and agreed to schedule new talks for the last week of October.

The conflict killed more than 2,140 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 73 on the Israeli side, mostly soldiers.

SOURCE: MA’AN

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