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Hamas negotiators in Qatar to discuss Israel truce

By The Associated Press

This article was published August 15, 2014 at 9:48 a.m.

CAIRO — Hamas negotiators met with the Islamic militant group's leadership in Qatar on Friday to discuss a proposal for a long-term truce with Israel, with an official saying the group was inclined to accept the Egyptian-mediated offer.

Israel and Hamas are observing a five-day temporary cease-fire in an attempt to allow indirect talks in Cairo to continue. The negotiations are meant to secure a substantive end to the month-long Gaza war and draw up a roadmap for the coastal territory, which has been hard-hit in the fighting.

Hamas is demanding the lifting of the blockade Israel and Egypt imposed after the militant group seized power in Gaza in 2007.

The proposal is believed to include the lifting of some restrictions, with Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' forces assuming responsibility for border crossings under new arrangements with Egypt.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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