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    Israeli Officials to Meet With Delegation After Talks With Mediators on Proposed Pause in Gaza War

    Israeli Officials to Meet With Delegation After Talks With Mediators on Proposed Pause in Gaza War

    DEIR AL-BALAH, Strip (AP) — High-ranking Israeli Cabinet members were expected to meet Saturday with a delegation that returned from talks in Paris with negotiators from the United States, Egypt and in search of a deal on pausing the fighting in Gaza, an Israeli official said.

    The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, asserted that the Hamas militant group ruling Gaza had relented on some demands, but gave no details.

    A senior official from Egypt, which along with Qatar is a mediator between and Hamas, said the draft deal offered to Israel's delegation included the release of up to 40 women and older hostages held in Gaza in return for up to 300 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, mostly women, minors and older people.

    The Egyptian official said the proposed six-week pause in fighting would include allowing hundreds of aid trucks to enter Gaza every day, including the northern half of the besieged territory. He said that both sides agreed to continue negotiations during the pause for further releases and a permanent cease-fire. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing negotiations, said that mediators were waiting for Israel's official response.

    Negotiators face an unofficial deadline of the of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan around March 10.

    Hamas political official Osama Hamdan noted that the group wasn't at…

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