Senior official says Hamas not extending Israel-Gaza truce

Cairo: A senior official says Hamas has decided not to extend a 72-hour cease-fire with Israel because Israel has rejected all of the group's demands in indirect talks in Cairo. The cease-fire is to end at 0800 (0500 GMT) Friday.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was en route to informing Egyptian mediators of the decision.

 Senior official says Hamas not extending Israel-Gaza truce

A Pro Hamas rally in Gaza during the cease-fire. AP

The official says the Hamas delegation met for several hours early Friday with Egyptian officials. He says that in exchange for extending the truce, Hamas had demanded that Israel agree in principle to end Gaza's border closure and allow the rebuilding of Gaza.

He says Hamas was told by Egypt that Israel rejected those demands. Earlier, two rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel, landing in empty fields.

Associated Press

Updated Date: Aug 08, 2014 09:38:58 IST