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'Breakthrough made in Gaza truce talks'

By Xinhua

 'Breakthrough made in Gaza truce talks'

GAZA - An important breakthrough has emerged in indirect Palestinian-Israeli negotiations on a durable ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, a source in Islamic Hamas movement said on Monday.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Xinhua that the new development might lead to the announcement of a ceasefire deal within the next few hours.

According to the source, intensive contacts are being made between Egypt, which mediates the negotiations, and Hamas leaders in Qatar. "The announcement will be declared by the Egyptian foreign ministry," the source said.

The source did not elaborate, but added that the deal goes in line with the Palestinians' demands which were presented recently to Egypt after the collapse of the last round of talks.

Meanwhile, a source in the office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Xinhua that the coming hours will witness a permanent ceasefire agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis under Egyptian auspices.

The new deal is based on the principles and terms of the Egyptian-mediated truce deal of 2012, the source revealed, adding that the Palestinian side has accepted the deal, but is still awaiting the Israeli response, although there is a preliminary approval from the Israeli side.

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