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Haniyeh, Egypt official discuss proposed Israel truce

Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh on Friday spoke by phone with Amr Hanafi, deputy director of Egyptian intelligence, with whom he discussed proposals for reaching a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza-based resistance groups.

According to a statement released by Haniyeh's office, the two men discussed "ongoing talks [between Hamas and Egypt] aimed at reaching an understanding [i.e. a ceasefire with Israel]".

They also reportedly discussed recent Israeli military escalations against the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

According to the same statement, Haniyeh also voiced his appreciation for Egypt's role in restraining recent Israeli aggression against the blockaded enclave.

On Monday, Israeli warplanes pounded a number of Hamas positions in Gaza, leaving several Palestinians injured.

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