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A former Hamas spokesman died Thursday of injuries sustained in an earlier Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip.
"Hamas mourns martyr Ayman Taha, who succumbed to wounds sustained in an Israeli attack that targeted an apartment in Gaza City," the Palestinian resistance faction said in a statement.
The group lauded the former spokesman for "sacrifices" he offered the movement and the Palestinian people.
At least 1886 Palestinians have been killed and 9800 others injured in four weeks of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip since July 7, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
The offensive came to a halt earlier this week under an Egyptian-brokered three-day ceasefire, which ended at 08:00am on Friday.
Palestinian factions and Israel are currently holding indirect talks in Cairo for striking a long-term ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
The Gaza Strip, home to 1.8 million Palestinians, has been reeling under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2006, badly affecting the livelihood in the seaside enclave.
Israeli delegation arrives in Cairo for Gaza talks
An Israeli delegation arrived in Cairo late Thursday to participate in indirect talks with Palestinian factions aimed at reaching a long-term ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, a security source at Cairo Airport said.
The four-member delegation was welcomed at the airport by Egyptian intelligence officials and headed to the venue of the talks, the source told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity.
The delegation had left the Egyptian capital on Wednesday for Tel Aviv for consultations with the Israeli government.
Earlier on Thursday, Israel's Channel II reported that the delegation had updated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon about the Cairo talks.
The Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian faction Hamas, earlier called on Palestinian negotiators to withdraw from the talks if Israel failed to meet Palestinian demands, including lifting the years-long blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Hamas says to continue talks for Gaza ceasefire
Palestinian resistance faction Hamas has rejected the extension of a ceasefire with Israel, but said it will continue Egypt-brokered negotiations to reach a durable truce in the Gaza Strip.
"Factions have rejected the extension of the lull," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a brief press release on Friday.
He, however, said that Hamas will continue Egypt-brokered indirect negotiations with Israel, giving no further details.Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Ağustos 2014, 09:42