A senior Palestinian official said a team negotiating in Cairo for a ceasefire agreement with Israel is committed to reaching a deal.
“We told the Egyptians (mediators) we are sitting here to achieve a final agreement that restores the rights” of Palestinians, delegation head Azzam al-Ahmed told reporters.
The Egyptian foreign ministry said progress had been made before a 72-hour truce ended Friday morning with the resumption of hostilities.
Hamas and the Islamic Jihad group in the Gaza Strip had rejected a call for another 72-hour truce, accusing Israel of stalling.
“There had been an agreement on the vast majority of matters that are important to the Palestinian people, but some limited points remained undecided, a matter that should have led to an acceptance to renew the ceasefire,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
The statement called for “an immediate return to a ceasefire.” SAPA