Hamas will tell Egyptian mediators on Thursday it is prepared to accept a truce with Israel in the Gaza Strip with a timetable for extending it to the West Bank, a Palestinian official close to the talks said.
"Hamas's position is that they agree to a calm in Gaza and the West Bank but it would begin in Gaza at this stage and then apply to the West Bank after an agreed and specified period of time," said the official, who declined to be named.
Hamas, which had previously demanded that any truce apply to both Gaza and the West Bank simultaneously, was meeting Egyptian mediators on Thursday in Cairo, the official said.
He said any truce would depend on Israel opening all of Gaza's border crossings and halting all military action in the Hamas-run territory, adding the Islamist group had backing from other Palestinian factions.
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