Gaza talks to continue in Cairo as truce holds

Smoke from flares rises in the sky in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Israel launched a large-scale ground offensive in the Gaza Strip Thursday, escalating a 10-day military operation to try to destroy Hamas' weapons arsenal, rocket firing abilities and tunnels under the Palestinian territory's border with Israel. It was the first major Israeli ground offensive in Gaza in just over five years. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Smoke from flares rises in the sky in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Israel launched a large-scale ground offensive in the Gaza Strip Thursday, escalating a 10-day military operation to try to destroy Hamas' weapons arsenal, rocket firing abilities and tunnels under the Palestinian territory's border with Israel. It was the first major Israeli ground offensive in Gaza in just over five years. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

JERUSALEM (AP) — A temporary Israel-Hamas truce is holding for a second day as marathon, indirect negotiations on a lasting cease-fire and a long-term solution for the battered Gaza Strip are to resume in Cairo.

Israel Radio says the Israeli delegation would return to the Egyptian capital on Tuesday after a short stay in Israel.

The Israeli military says no incidents — neither Hamas rocket fire at Israel nor Israeli strikes in Gaza — were registered overnight.

A senior Israeli official said the “gaps between the sides were big” while a Palestinian delegation member said Egyptian mediators told them they expected “an extremely long negotiating session” on Tuesday.

Both the Israeli and Palestinian officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the negotiations with the media.

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