Hamas denies ceasefire extension

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Senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq has denied reports about extending a three-day ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip, Anadolu agency reported.

"There is no agreement on extending the lull with Israel," Abu Marzouq wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday.

The denial came shortly after an Israeli official said that his government had agreed to extend the ceasefire with Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip.

Israel and Palestinian factions are observing an Egyptian-brokered three-day ceasefire in the Gaza Strip since Tuesday.

Israel has since completely withdrawn its forces from the besieged Palestinian enclave.

The two sides are currently in Cairo for indirect talks aimed at reaching a long-term ceasefire agreement.

At least 1867 Palestinians have been killed and nearly 9500 others injured in relentless Israeli attacks on the blockaded Gaza Strip since July 7, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Israel has also confirmed that 64 soldiers had been killed in battles with Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip and three civilians by rocket fire.

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