Gaza conflict: With deadline looming, Israel-Hamas truce talks yet to make headway

With barely a day remaining for the end of temporary ceasefire in Gaza, the indirect talks between Hamas and Israel are yet to make any headway in the ongoing negotiations.

Updated: Aug 13, 2014, 13:28 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Washington: With barely a day remaining for the end of temporary ceasefire in Gaza, the indirect talks between Hamas and Israel are yet to make any headway in the ongoing negotiations.

The 72 hours truce between Israel and Gaza militants, due to expire on Wednesday night, has failed to make any breakthrough and fighting from both sides could resume soon.

The Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon has asked the forces to be prepared for attacks once the ceasefire gets over.
Hamas is reportedly demanding an end to an Israeli and Egyptian blockade of the coastal Palestinian enclave and opening of a seaport of Gaza.

Israel has resisted lifting the economically stifling blockade on Gaza and suspects Hamas will restock with weapons from abroad if access to the coastal territory is eased. Neighbouring Egypt also sees Hamas as a security threat, the Reuters reported.
Israel pulled ground forces out of Gaza last week after it said the army had completed its main mission of destroying more than 30 tunnels dug by militants for cross-border attacks. It now wants guarantees Hamas will not use any reconstruction supplies sent into the enclave to rebuild those tunnels, the report further stated.

The Gaza violence has killed over 2,000 people including civilians and around 300,000 have been reportedly displaced so far.