Sides in Gaza talks dig in as cease-fire end looms

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Sides in Gaza talks dig in as cease-fire end looms
LAHORE, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN - 2014/08/17: Pakistan activists from the Jamaat-e-Islami organisation take part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration against Israel's military attacks in Gaza, at Lahore. A Palestinian official said, 'indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians for a long-term truce in Gaza resumed, with just over a day left before the temporary ceasefire end'. (Photo by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LAHORE, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN - 2014/08/17: Pakistan activists from the Jamaat-e-Islami organisation take part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration against Israel's military attacks in Gaza, at Lahore. A Palestinian official said, 'indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians for a long-term truce in Gaza resumed, with just over a day left before the temporary ceasefire end'. (Photo by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LAHORE, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN - 2014/08/17: Pakistan activists from the Jamaat-e-Islami organisation take part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration against Israel's military attacks in Gaza, at Lahore. A Palestinian official said, 'indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians for a long-term truce in Gaza resumed, with just over a day left before the temporary ceasefire end'. (Photo by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LAHORE, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN - 2014/08/17: Pakistan activists from the Jamaat-e-Islami organisation take part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration against Israel's military attacks in Gaza, at Lahore. A Palestinian official said, 'indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians for a long-term truce in Gaza resumed, with just over a day left before the temporary ceasefire end'. (Photo by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LAHORE, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN - 2014/08/17: Pakistan activists from the Jamaat-e-Islami organisation take part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration against Israel's military attacks in Gaza, at Lahore. A Palestinian official said, 'indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians for a long-term truce in Gaza resumed, with just over a day left before the temporary ceasefire end'. (Photo by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LAHORE, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN - 2014/08/17: Pakistan activists from the Jamaat-e-Islami organisation take part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration against Israel's military attacks in Gaza, at Lahore. A Palestinian official said, 'indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians for a long-term truce in Gaza resumed, with just over a day left before the temporary ceasefire end'. (Photo by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LAHORE, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN - 2014/08/17: Pakistan activists from the Jamaat-e-Islami organisation take part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration against Israel's military attacks in Gaza, at Lahore. A Palestinian official said, 'indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians for a long-term truce in Gaza resumed, with just over a day left before the temporary ceasefire end'. (Photo by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LAHORE, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN - 2014/08/17: Pakistan activists from the Jamaat-e-Islami organisation take part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration against Israel's military attacks in Gaza, at Lahore. A Palestinian official said, 'indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians for a long-term truce in Gaza resumed, with just over a day left before the temporary ceasefire end'. (Photo by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LAHORE, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN - 2014/08/17: Pakistan activists from the Jamaat-e-Islami organisation take part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration against Israel's military attacks in Gaza, at Lahore. A Palestinian official said, 'indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians for a long-term truce in Gaza resumed, with just over a day left before the temporary ceasefire end'. (Photo by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Palestinians inspect the remains of the house of Amer Abu Aisheh, one of three Palestinians identified by Israel as suspects in the killing of three Israeli teenagers, after it was demolished by the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Hebron, Monday, Aug. 18 , 2014. Troops also demolished the home of another militant suspected in the abduction and killing of the teens, whose deaths sparked the war in Gaza, and sealed up the home of a third. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
A Palestinian sits in the rubble of the house of Hussam Qawasmeh, one of three Palestinians identified by Israel as suspects in the killing of three Israeli teenagers, after it was demolished by the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Hebron, Monday, Aug. 18 , 2014. Troops also demolished the home of another militant suspected in the abduction and killing of the teens, whose deaths sparked the war in Gaza, and sealed up the home of a third. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Palestinians inspect the rubble of the house of Hussam Qawasmeh, one of three Palestinians identified by Israel as suspects in the killing of three Israeli teenagers, after it was demolished by the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Hebron, Monday, Aug. 18 , 2014. Troops also demolished the home of another militant suspected in the abduction and killing of the teens, whose deaths sparked the war in Gaza, and sealed up the home of a third. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Palestinians walk on the rubble of the house of Hussam Qawasmeh, one of three Palestinians identified by Israel as suspects in the killing of three Israeli teenagers, after it was demolished by the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Hebron, Monday, Aug. 18 , 2014. Troops also demolished the home of another militant suspected in the abduction and killing of the teens, whose deaths sparked the war in Gaza, and sealed up the home of a third. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Palestinians walk on the rubble if the home of Hussam Qawasmeh, one of three Palestinians identified by Israel as suspects in the killing of three Israeli teenagers, after it was demolished by the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Hebron, Monday, Aug. 18 , 2014. Troops also demolished the home of another militant suspected in the abduction and killing of the teens, whose deaths sparked the war in Gaza, and sealed up the home of a third. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
A Palestinian man stands near the rubble of the house of Hussam Qawasmeh, one of three Palestinians identified by Israel as suspects in the killing of three Israeli teenagers, after it was demolished by the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Hebron, Monday, Aug. 18 , 2014. Troops also demolished the home of another militant suspected in the abduction and killing of the teens, whose deaths sparked the war in Gaza, and sealed up the home of a third. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Palestinians stand on the remnants of the house of Hussam Qawasmeh, one of three Palestinians identified by Israel as suspects in the killing of three Israeli teenagers, after it was demolished by the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Hebron, Monday, Aug. 18 , 2014. Troops also demolished the home of another militant suspected in the abduction and killing of the teens, whose deaths sparked the war in Gaza, and sealed up the home of a third. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
A Palestinian boy walks in the rubble of the house of Hussam Qawasmeh, one of three Palestinians identified by Israel as suspects in the killing of three Israeli teenagers, after it was demolished by the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Hebron, Monday, Aug. 18 , 2014. Troops also demolished the home of another militant suspected in the abduction and killing of the teens, whose deaths sparked the war in Gaza, and sealed up the home of a third. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
A Palestinian protester throws a piece of concrete at Israeli soldiers during clashes, following a protest against the Israeli military action over Hamas in Gaza, in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday, Aug. 15 , 2014. Israel and Hamas are now observing a five-day temporary cease-fire in an attempt to allow indirect talks in Cairo to continue. The negotiations are meant to secure a substantive end to the monthlong Gaza war and draw up a roadmap for the coastal territory, which has been hard-hit in the fighting. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Head of the Palestinian delegation Azzam al-Ahmed (C) and Hamas deputy leader Musa Abu Marzuk (R) arrive upon at the hotel after a meeting with Egyptians seniors intelligence in Cairo on August 13, 2014. Egyptian mediators raced to bridge gaps between Palestinians and Israelis as they struggled to secure a lasting Gaza truce ahead of the midnight expiry of a three-day ceasefire, an official said. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the Palestinian delegation arrive at the hotel after a meeting with Egyptians seniors intelligence in Cairo on August 13, 2014. Egyptian mediators raced to bridge gaps between Palestinians and Israelis as they struggled to secure a lasting Gaza truce ahead of the midnight expiry of a three-day ceasefire, an official said. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinian Fatah delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed (R) and members of the delegation head to the second round of Egyptian-mediated indirect talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators aimed at brokering an end to the latest Israel-Hamas conflict in the Gaza Strip, on August 12, 2014 in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. The skies over Gaza remained calm on the second day of a 72-hour truce as negotiators in Cairo prepared to tackle the thorny issue of the Israeli blockade. The teams gather in separate rooms at the headquarters of the Egyptian General Intelligence and never see each other, with mediators shuttling between them with proposal and counterproposal, a source said. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
RAFAH, GAZA STRIP, PALESTINE - 2014/08/11: Palestinian family sit around their destructed house and nearby chicken farm after an Israeli air strike hit Rafah in the Southern of Gaza strip. Israeli negotiators were in Cairo for talks to end the month-old Gaza war with Palestinian militants, according to an Israeli government official, after a new 72-hours truce brokered by Egypt still on-hold. (Photo by Ibrahim Khatib/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
RAFAH, GAZA STRIP, PALESTINE - 2014/08/11: Palestinians gather tools from the chicken farm after an Israeli air strike hit Rafah in the Southern of Gaza strip. Israeli negotiators were in Cairo for talks on ending the month-old Gaza war with Palestinian militants, according to an Israeli government official, after a new 72-hours truce brokered by Egypt still on-hold. (Photo by Ibrahim Khatib/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A Palestinian boy stands amidst bags of flour stored at a distribution centre of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza City on August 11, 2014. An Israeli delegation arrived in Cairo for indirect negotiations with Palestinians on a durable truce in Gaza, Egypt and Israeli officials said. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
A Palestinian man carries bags of flour he received at a distribution centre of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza City on August 11, 2014. An Israeli delegation arrived in Cairo for indirect negotiations with Palestinians on a durable truce in Gaza, Egypt and Israeli officials said. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinian men inspect the remains of graves after the Sheikh Radwan cemetery was hit by an Israeli military strike in Gaza City on August 10, 2014. A senior Hamas official said there was a 'weak' possibility that Gaza truce talks would succeed and that Palestinian negotiators could leave Cairo after a meeting with Egyptian mediators. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED ABED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinian protestors throw stones during clashes with Israeli security following a demonstration in solidarity with Gaza after Friday prayers in the West Bank town of Hebron on August 8, 2014. Israel pulled out of talks in Cairo on extending a Gaza truce with Hamas after a 72-hour ceasefire ended and violence resumed, officials and medics said. AFP PHOTO/HAZEM BADER (Photo credit should read HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images)
A Palestinian man inspects his house after it was hit by an Israeli military strike in the Jabalia refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, on August 10, 2014. A senior Hamas official said there was a 'weak' possibility that Gaza truce talks would succeed and that Palestinian negotiators could leave Cairo after a meeting with Egyptian mediators. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED ABED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
A Palestinian protestor kicks a burning tyre during clashes with Israeli security following a demonstration in solidarity with Gaza after Friday prayers in the West Bank town of Hebron on August 8, 2014. Israel pulled out of talks in Cairo on extending a Gaza truce with Hamas after a 72-hour ceasefire ended and violence resumed, officials and medics said. AFP PHOTO/HAZEM BADER (Photo credit should read HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images)
A Palestinian man chants slogans during a rally in support of the Hamas movement following Friday prayers, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 8, 2014. The head of a Palestinian delegation in Cairo indirectly negotiating a Gaza deal said they were committed to achieving a truce, after a temporary ceasefire expired and militants fired rockets at Israel. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Palestinian protestor holds a Molotov cocktail during clashes with Israeli security following a demonstration in solidarity with Gaza after Friday prayers in the West Bank town of Hebron on August 8, 2014. Israel pulled out of talks in Cairo on extending a Gaza truce with Hamas after a 72-hour ceasefire ended and violence resumed, officials and medics said. AFP PHOTO/HAZEM BADER (Photo credit should read HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images)
An injured Palestinian man from the Al-Elaa family sits inside his house after it was hit by an Israeli military strike in the Jabalia refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, on August 10, 2014. A senior Hamas official said there was a 'weak' possibility that Gaza truce talks would succeed and that Palestinian negotiators could leave Cairo after a meeting with Egyptian mediators. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED ABED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
A Palestinian man prepares to carry bags of flour he received at a distribution centre of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza City on August 11, 2014. An Israeli delegation arrived in Cairo for indirect negotiations with Palestinians on a durable truce in Gaza, Egypt and Israeli officials said. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
RAFAH, GAZA STRIP, PALESTINE - 2014/08/11: Palestinians gather tools from the chicken farm after an Israeli air strike hit Rafah in the Southern of Gaza strip. Israeli negotiators were in Cairo for talks to end the month-old Gaza war with Palestinian militants, according to an Israeli government official, after a new 72-hours truce brokered by Egypt still on-hold. (Photo by Ibrahim Khatib/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH & PETER ENAV

CAIRO (AP) -- Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Egypt-mediated Gaza truce talks hardened their positions Monday ahead of the expiration of a five-day cease-fire, though both sides appear reluctant to return to the deadly all-out fighting that has destroyed large parts of the densely-populated coastal strip.

The month-long Israel-Hamas war has killed more than 1,900 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, according to Palestinian and U.N. officials. Israel has lost 67 people, all but three of them soldiers.

Since last week, indirect talks have been taking place in Cairo through Egyptian mediators in an effort to broker a substantive end to the war and draw up a roadmap for Gaza.

On Sunday, Palestinian and Israeli delegations resumed the talks following weekend consultations across the Middle East but gaps between the two sides remain wide, with each staking out maximalist positions.

The Gaza blockade, imposed by Israel and Egypt since the Hamas militants took control of the strip in 2007, remains the main stumbling block. It has greatly limited the movement of Palestinians in and out of the territory of 1.8 million people, restricted the flow of goods into Gaza and blocked virtually all exports.

A Palestinian negotiator, Qais Abdul Karim, told The Associated Press that on Sunday, Israel pressed for guarantees that Hamas and other militant factions in Gaza would be disarmed, while the Palestinians demanded an end to the blockade without preconditions.

The current five-day cease-fire ends at midnight (2100 GMT) Monday but Ziad Nakhleh, head of the Islamic Jihad faction within the Palestinian delegation in Cairo, said he expects it to be extended if a deal is not reached by then.

"The war is behind us now," he told the AP. "We are not returning to war."

Hamas has repeatedly said it will not give up its weapons, while Israel says it needs to maintain some degree of control over Gaza crossings to prevent the smuggling of weapons and weapons production materials into the coastal strip.

Karim, the Palestinian negotiator, said Egyptian mediators have pressed the Palestinians to present compromise proposals on the border crossing issue. The Palestinian delegation was in a meeting in the early hours Monday over it but the outcome was not immediately known.

Also on Monday, Israeli troops demolished the homes of two militants suspected in the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers whose deaths sparked the war in Gaza, and sealed up the home of a third.

The demolition is standard Israeli military procedure in dealing with militants suspected of major crimes. According to the police, there were 250 policemen at the scene, along with dozens of Israeli soldiers. Minor clashes were reported during the demolition, with Palestinian youths hurling rocks and stones at armored Israeli vehicles.

The three teens - Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel - were slain in June in the West Bank. Their killings were followed by the slaying of a Palestinian youth in what was a likely revenge attack.

The teens' deaths also led to wide-ranging Israeli raids in the West Bank and precipitated the Gaza war, which began on July 8 with an Israeli air campaign. Nine days later, Israel sent in ground troops to destroy Hamas' underground cross-border tunnels constructed for attacks inside Israel.

No Deal In Sight As Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Winds Down


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