CAIRO - Egyptian mediators began separate talks on Monday with Hamas and with Israel to flesh out details of a cease-fire agreed last week that ended eight days of fighting in the Gaza Strip.
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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 blockade of the coastal enclave ruled by the Islamist Hamas.
The Egyptian-brokered cease-fire came into force last Wednesday, ending hostilities between the two sides that cost the lives of 167 Palestinians and six Israelis.
The Egyptian official said Cairo would also urge both sides to cement their commitments to the cease-fire agreement.