Hamas Says Indirect Truce Talks With Israel to Resume Within Week

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A tent stands amid the destruction of buildings in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, August 7, 2014.Credit: AP

Israel and the Palestinians before September 24 will renew their indirect talks aimed at forging a long-term cease-fire, a Hamas leader said in remarks carried by Arab media on Thursday.

Moussa Abu Marzouk was also quoted by the Palestinian news agency Ma'an as saying on Wednesday that the United Nations would manage the rebuilding of the Gaza Strip, coordinating with Israel and the Palestinian unity government.

On Wednesday a Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council called on the group to leave negotiations with Israel to the Palestinian Authority, Ma'an reported.

"I call upon the brothers in the Hamas movement not to participate in the Cairo negotiations concerning an airport and a seaport," Ma'an reported that Yahya Moussa, the Hamas lawmaker, said on his Facebook page.

Moussa said PA President Mahmoud Abbas and other leaders of the Palestinian Authority – not Hamas – should lead the second stage of negotiations with Israel, the report said.

Israel's seven-week Operation Protective Edge was designed to stop Hamas from firing rockets at the country. The conflict ended August 26 in a cease-fire,

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