Progress in Gaza truce talks in Cairo, Egypt's Al Qahera news says

Progress in Gaza truce talks in Cairo, Egypt's Al Qahera news says
A truce in Israel's war on Gaza is alleged to be close to being finalised, according to Egypt's Al-Qahera News.
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With much of Gaza destroyed by Israel's relentless ground and air assault, a truce to coincide with Eid al-Fitr would be welcome news for Palestinians [Getty]

Progress has been made in discussions in Cairo on a truce in Israel's war on Gaza and there is agreement on the basic points between all parties involved, Egypt's state-affiliated Al-Qahera News channel said early on Monday, citing a senior Egyptian source.

On Sunday, both Israel and Hamas sent teams to Egypt for fresh talks on a potential ceasefire in the six-month conflict. 

There was no immediate comment from Hamas and none of the parties to the Cairo talks has confirmed the Al-Qahera News report.

According to Al-Qahera, Hamas and Qatar's delegations left Cairo and will return within two days to agree on the terms of the final agreement, while the Israeli and the U.S. delegations will leave the Egyptian capital within a few hours.

It added that consultations were ongoing during the next 48 hours.

Hamas reiterated on Sunday their demands including a permanent ceasefire, the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, a return of the displaced, and an exchange of Palestinian captives for Israeli hostages being held in Gaza.

Israel was said to be impeding a breakthrough in talks by refusing to allow displaced Palestinians to return to northern Gaza.

More than 33,100 Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli offensive.