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Hamas to hold talks on fragile Gaza truce

A Hamas delegation is to visit Egypt yesterday for talks on a fragile two-week-old truce deal with Israel in and around the Gaza Strip, the Islamist movement said.

"On this visit, the delegation will look at a number of issues, including the truce, the extent of Israeli compliance with it and the violations we have registered on its part," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum told reporters.

Since the Egyptian-brokered agreement came into effect Palestinian militants have fired a number of rockets and mortar rounds into southern Israel, although the overall level of violence in and around Gaza has dropped substantially.

Palestinian and UN officials have meanwhile accused Israeli troops of firing into Gaza, although the army says it has fired only warning shots at people approaching the border fence.

On Monday, a mortar round launched from northern Gaza struck inside Israeli territory near the Karni border crossing, the Israeli army said.

Hamas insists its fighters are adhering to the truce and says it is doing its best to crack down on individuals and smaller armed groups who violate it.

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