30 Palestinian factions' representatives discuss truce, unity in Egypt

A Palestinian official said 30 members of various factions were gathering in Cairo to hold talks with Egyptian mediators over finding a comprehensive truce with Israel and a measure of unity among the divided factions. Mohammed al-Baba, a leading member of the Popular Resistance Committees said that the groups will meet Tuesday evening with Egypt's intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman. Al-Baba, whose group has close ties with Hamas and other Palestinian factions, said that a prisoner swap involving the exchange of a number of Palestinians for Cpl. Gilad Schalit is also in the agenda. Hamas has said before that it is ready for a six-month truce. Israel has dismissed the offer, saying Hamas wants to use the lull to rearm after sustaining heavy losses in recent fighting.