White House says gaps remain between Israel and Hamas on ceasefire deal

White House says gaps remain between Israel and Hamas on ceasefire deal

Senior US officials are in Cairo for talks to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, but gaps still remain between the two sides, White House national security spokesperson John Kirby told reporters.

Kirby said CIA Director Bill Burns and US Middle East envoy Brett McGurk were in Egypt, meeting with their Egyptian, Israeli and Jordanian counterparts, adding that there will be “follow-on discussions” in the next few days.

The comments come as Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh warned that ongoing Israeli military attacks in Gaza could push talks back to square one. In a call with mediators, Haniyeh said he held Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s army fully responsible for the potential collapse of negotiations, a statement by the group said.

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