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Gaza negotiators in talks as ceasefire holds

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An Israeli delegation has arrived in Cairo for negotiations over a durable truce in Gaza, after a ceasefire held overnight - reported the SkyNews.

The 72-hour ceasefire began at midnight.

The talks in Cairo, which include indirect negotiations with the Palestinians, are aimed at securing a lasting end to the month-long conflict.

As the Israelis arrived in Cairo, a Palestinian delegation was already locked in talks with Egyptian intelligence mediators, who will relay their demands to the Israeli negotiators.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hopes the break will provide a "chance to agree on a durable ceasefire for the benefit of all civilian populations".

Since the last truce broke on Friday, warplanes have reportedly hit more than 170 targets in Gaza, killing at least 19 Palestinians.

The death toll since Israel launched its military campaign on July 8 topped 2,000 on Sunday - 1,939 Palestinians and 67 on the Israeli side.

The break in fire will allow Gazans to stock up on supplies and recover the dead buried beneath rubble.

Israel's campaign has been aimed at destroying Hamas' infrastructure, including its network of tunnels under the Gaza-Israel border intended for staging attacks in the Israeli territory.

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