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War in Israel: No agreement on ceasefire, but talks were constructive

War in Israel: No agreement on ceasefire, but talks were constructive Illustrative photo: Israel and Hamas did not agree on a truce, but the talks were constructive (GettyImages)

Negotiations regarding mediation in a hostage agreement between Israel and Hamas have taken place, reports Reuters.

Israel and Hamas held talks on Sunday initiated by Qatar, the United States, and Egypt. According to the office of the Israeli Prime Minister, the negotiations were "constructive," but significant gaps remain.

"There are still significant gaps in which the parties will continue to discuss this week in additional mutual meetings," said the statement from the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The statement mentioned that the Director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency, William Burns, and the head of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, David Barnea, met with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, as well as with the head of the Egyptian intelligence, Abbas.

The statement indicated that the negotiations took place in Europe, without specifying the exact location.

Israel-Hamas negotiations

Earlier, we reported that Israel and Hamas reached a preliminary agreement on a one-month ceasefire and a new deal for the release of hostages.

Israel also proposed a two-month pause in hostilities to Hamas for the release of hostages.

Hamas suspended peace talks with Israel due to the assassination in Lebanon of the deputy head of the movement, Saleh al-Arouri.