Report: Israel conditions rebuilding of Gaza on progress in prisoner issue

Israel has conditioned the rebuilding of the Gaza Strip on promoting the issue of bringing back its citizens held by the Hamas terrorist group, Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported Thursday morning.

The parties are expected to meet for indirect talks in the Egyptian capital of Cairo in an attempt to reach an outline for a long-term ceasefire, the rehabilitation of the Palestinian enclave following the recent spate of cross-border violence and an agreement on the issue of prisoners and missing persons.

If the talks do happen, the delegation on behalf of Israel to Cairo will be headed by the head of the National Security Council, Meir Ben Shabbat. The defense establishment has not been updated on the talks.

According to the report, Israel will also demand to hold talks through two separate mediation channels.

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