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Palestinians set to hold briefing in Cairo as Israeli team reportedly returns home from truce talks
August 13, 2014 20:20
Netanyahu, Obama discuss cease-fire efforts; Hamas leader Haniyeh urges Palestinian delegates not to "succumb to blackmail" in cease-fire talks, says no permanent truce unless Gaza "siege lifted."
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Cease fire talks in Cairo . (photo credit:REUTERS)

The Palestinians delegation to Egyptian-mediated cease-fire talks with Israel was set to hold a press conference in Cairo at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday reportedly in regard to Egypt's proposal to extend by 72-hours the temporary cease-fire set to expire at midnight.

According to Channel 2, the Israeli team was returning home from the indirect negotiations in the Egyptian capital.

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Meanwhile, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh urged the Palestinian negotiating team in Cairo not to "succumb to blackmail" in talks on a cease-fire with Israel.

Haniyeh reiterated that Hamas would only agree to a permanent cease-fire if the "siege" was lifted on the Gaza Strip.

Also on Wednesday evening, US President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu about the cease-fire in Gaza, a White House spokesman said.

The threat of renewed fighting loomed as it remained uncertain whether Israeli and Palestinian negotiators engaged in indirect talks in Cairo would forge a long-term truce to take effect following the temporary one.

Israel was bracing for the possibility of resumed rocket attacks in the event that cease-fire negotiations break down, the IDF was mobilizing forces along the border with Gaza, Channel 2 reported.

The military was also reportedly calling up addition reservists to bolsters the soldiers positioned near the Gaza border.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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