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Gaza cease-fire talks hit snag over sea, air ports

Egypt has proposed that discussions of sea and air ports for Gaza be postponed until September, a move that is unlikely to receive a warm response from Hamas.
Fishing boats are seen at Gaza Seaport in Gaza City November 24, 2012. Israel eased restrictions on Gaza fishermen on Saturday, further implementing a three-day-old truce brokered by Egypt after a week of fierce fighting, Palestinian officials said. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) - RTR3ATKD

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — More developments have been taking place in Cairo to conclude a cease-fire agreement between Hamas and Israel. Al-Monitor has learned that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas may visit Doha in the next few hours to meet with the head of Hamas' political bureau, Khaled Meshaal. This is happening amid the faltering truce negotiations and Egypt’s inability to reach a final agreement on the cease-fire.

Al-Monitor also learned from one of the members of the Hamas delegation in Cairo, on Aug. 18, that the chances of reaching an agreement with Israel are dim, after Israel added a clause for the disarmament of the resistance in Gaza. This has brought the situation back to square one, which reinforces the chances of extending the truce, as Egyptians demanded.

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