Egypt claims progress in hostage talks with Hamas as Sinwar said to go silent

The Times of Israel reports: “Mediators and envoys from the Hamas terror organization have made ‘significant progress’ toward a truce in Gaza, Egyptian state-linked TV reported on Monday as the latest round of talks in Cairo entered their second day, though concerns were mounting that Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar will purposely forgo a deal in order to further destabilize the region.

Egypt, Qatar and the United States have been mediating in talks for a temporary ceasefire and hostage release deal in the almost five-month-old war between Israel and Hamas, which began with a shock assault launched by the Gaza terror group in southern Israel on October 7.

An unnamed senior Egyptian official told Egypt’s Al-Qahera News on Monday morning that ‘Egypt continues its intense efforts to reach a truce before Ramadan,’ the holy Muslim month beginning on March 10 or 11.

‘There has been significant progress in the negotiations,’ the report said after the latest talks began Sunday…”

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