Israel is ready to extend its ceasefire in the Gaza Strip beyond the current truce, which is scheduled to expire at 8am on Friday, an official has said.
Israel had “expressed its readiness to extend the truce under its current terms”, the official added, referring to the three-day cessation of hostilities agreed on Tuesday.
But Moussa Abu Marzouk, a senior figure in Hamas, the Palestinian group controlling the Gaza Strip, said on social media: “There is no agreement to extend the ceasefire.”
Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas, added that “extending the 72-hour calm for another period was not discussed” during indirect talks in Egypt between the Israelis and Palestinians.
The Palestinian delegation includes negotiators from Hamas, as well as members of Islamic Jihad and the Palestinian Authority.