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    Israeli Media Report Progress on Reaching a Temporary Truce in Gaza and a Hostage-Prisoner Exchange

    Israeli Media Report Progress on Reaching a Temporary Truce in Gaza and a Hostage-Prisoner Exchange

    TEL AVIV, (AP) — Mediators are making progress on an agreement for a weekslong cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and the release of dozens of hostages held in as well as Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, Israeli media reported Sunday.

    Israel's War Cabinet met to discuss the proposal late Saturday, but there was no official word on what they had decided. Several Israeli media outlets, citing unnamed officials, said it tacitly approved the deal and that Israel would send a delegation to for further discussions.

    Hamas says it has not yet been involved in the latest proposal developed by the United States, Egypt and Qatar, but the reported outline largely matches its earlier demands for the first phase of a truce. Hamas' top political leader, Ismail Haniyeh, was in Cairo last week.

    Israel is meanwhile developing plans for expanding its offensive to the southernmost of Rafah, on the Gaza-Egypt border, where more than half the territory's population of 2.3 million have sought refuge in squalid tent camps, packed apartments and overflowing shelters. Aid groups have warned of a catastrophe and the U.S. and other allies of Israel have said it must avoid harming civilians.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he'll convene the Cabinet this week to “approve the operational plans for action in Rafah,” including the evacuation of civilians.

    Heavy fighting is still underway in parts of northern…

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