Last Minute Attempts in Cairo to Extend Israel-Hamas Truce

With gaps between the Israelis and the Palestinians still unbridgeable, Egyptians and Palestinians are trying to secure an extension to the 72-hour cease-fire just hours before it ends.

Just a few hours before the second 72-hour cease-fire between Israel and Hamas ends on Wednesday at midnight, the possibility of extending the truce for a further 72 hours was the central issue Egyptian mediators and the Palestinian negotiators were grappling with in Cairo, after it emerged that the gaps between Israel and the Palestinians remained still too wide to secure a more long-term agreement.