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Israel, Hamas Trade Threats as End of Three-Day Truce Looms

As the clock ticked down on a three-day truce between Israel and Hamas, negotiators met in Cairo yesterday in a bid to find a long-term deal to end the Gaza conflict and rebuild the area before the cease-fire expires.

Both sides exchanged threats after talks failed to resolve long-standing issues. A spokesman for Hamas’ armed wing told al-Jazeera there would be no truce extension unless Israel lifts an eight-year blockade of its land crossings and port. Hamas official Mushir al-Masri told a rally in the Gaza Strip that the “battle is not over yet” and that “our fingers are on the trigger, and our rockets are trained at Tel Aviv.”