Meanwhile, bickering Hamas factions in Cairo ended a round of talks on a possible cease-fire agreement. A senior Egyptian official said that some progress had been made, and representatives of the Syrian-based political wing headed back to Damascus, while their Gaza-based counterparts remained in Cairo.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the two factions had agreed to a monitoring force composed of Europeans to prevent smuggling of weapons from Egypt through tunnels under the border. They also agreed in principle, the official said, on a two-phased cease-fire, that would halt fighting for one week, followed by a year-long truce. But the Gaza faction was more flexible about the timing of halting rocket fire into Israel, while the Syrian faction remained intent on gaining concessions from Israel first."