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Hamas warns Gazans have 'nothing to lose'

The deadlock remains in Cairo, as Israel refuses to budge on Hamas’ demand to lift the siege and the Palestinian group, warning it will return to the battlefield if no progress is made.
Deputy chairman of Hamas' political bureau Moussa Abu Marzouk talks during an interview with Reuters in Cairo, August 9, 2014. Palestinian negotiators will leave Cairo on Sunday unless Israel agrees to return to Egyptian-mediated negotiations to end the war in Gaza, senior delegation member Marzouk said.         REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT) - RTR41TT5
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Hamas reluctantly agreed to a new, 72-hour cease-fire proposed by Egypt, starting Aug. 11, after the first truce expired on the morning of Aug. 8, but much to the angst of its rank and file who are adamant to lift the Israeli siege on Gaza.

Izzat al-Rishq, a member of Hamas’ political bureau, who is participating in the talks, told Al-Monitor over the phone, “The Palestinian delegation agreed to the new truce after the Egyptian mediator told us that Israel had agreed on it to resume the negotiations. The Israeli delegation had arrived in Cairo without any previous conditions — [as] it had tried to impose in the past — and it had started the continuous negotiations to answer our people’s demands and rights, after our delegation had presented what the Egyptians offered us. Israel is dodging the issue, trying to waste time and escape its responsibilities. It is held responsible for not being able to reach an agreement yet.”

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