Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh arrives in Cairo ahead of talks on possible second Gaza truce

Ismail Haniyeh was in Cairo to discuss the war with Egyptian officials

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh is said to be staying in Qatar | AP

Hamas said its senior leader, Ismail Haniyeh, was in Cairo as talks mediated by Qatar and Egypt were under way to discuss the possibility of a second truce in Gaza.

Under that truce, Hamas would return some Israeli hostages in exchange for Palestian prisoners released by Tel Aviv, Reuters quoted sources as saying.

Israel reportedly insisted that women and infirm male hostages be included in the list of hostages released while Palestinians imprisoned for serious crimes could also be released in exchange, according to the source. The exact number of hostages and prisoners were not revealed.

Haniyeh who is said to be staying in Qatar was in Cairo to discuss the war with Egypt's intelligence chief Abbas Kamel and other top officials, according to Hamas sources.

However, both sides are yet to agree on a ceasefire.

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