Hamas negotiators leave without cease-fire deal


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hamas negotiators left Cairo without agreeing to a long-term cease-fire with Israel.

Israeli Defense Ministry negotiator Amos Gilad, head of the Diplomatic-Security Bureau, left for Cairo Thursday afternoon for a briefing on the Hamas negotiations.

Negotiators for Hamas said the group wanted more answers over opening border crossings; they did not set a date to resume negotiations.

The Hamas delegation was stopped later Thursday at the Gaza-Egypt border after $9 million and 2 million euros were discovered in their suitcases, Egyptian security officials reported.

A Hamas official had announced earlier to the Egyptian media that Hamas and Israel had agreed to an 18-month truce. 

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