Hamas Leaders In Egypt For Truce Discussions

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Top Hamas leaders have met with Egypt’s chief intelligence official to discuss a truce between the militant group and Israel.

An Israeli negotiator presented his country’s stance on the latest Egyptian truce proposal on Thursday.

Both sides have set tough conditions for a truce in talks that have dragged on for months.

Israel wants Hamas and Egypt to stop the smuggling of weapons into the Gaza Strip. Israel is also demanding progress in talks to release an Israeli soldier kidnapped by Palestinian militants two years ago.

Hamas wants Israel to lift its blockade of Gaza. The blockade has caused shortages of fuel, electricity and commercial goods.

Egypt is moderating the negotiations because Israel and Hamas refuse to speak to one another directly.