Israel, Hamas begin talks in Cairo
Published Monday, November 26, 2012
Egyptian mediators began separate talks on Monday with Hamas and with Israel to flesh out details of a ceasefire agreed last week that ended the Jewish state's relentless eight-day bombardment of the Gaza Strip.
An Egyptian official told Reuters the talks would discuss Palestinian demands for the opening of more Israeli crossings into Gaza – a move that would help end six years of Israel's crippling blockade of the coastal enclave.
The Egyptian-brokered ceasefire came into force last Wednesday, ending hostilities that cost 167 Palestinians their lives.
However, the text of the truce stipulated that issues such as access to the borders, free movement for Gazans and the transfer of goods would be dealt with "after 24 hours."