Egypt: Israel, Hamas present conditions for halt

November 19, 2012
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Smoke rises following an Israeli attack on smuggling tunnels on the border between Egypt and Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

CAIRO (AP) — A senior Egyptian official says Egyptian mediators are hoping Monday to have a clearer idea whether a Gaza ceasefire is possible as Israel and Hamas are presenting their conditions for a halt to fighting.

The official, who is familiar with the talks, says Israel and Hamas are both looking for guarantees to ensure a long-term stop to hostilities. The official says Egypt's aim is to stop the fighting and "find a direct way to lift the siege of Gaza."

The official says he hopes that "by the end of the day, we will receive a final signal of what can be achieved."

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the indirect negotiations.