Cairo : Israeli and Palestinian negotiators began their indirect talks here Monday to find a long-term solution to the conflict in Gaza.

The fresh discussions come amid a new three-day ceasefire agreed between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas.   In Gaza, according to BBC, the truce is holding so far, with signs of normal life returning to the streets.

Nearly 2,000 people have been killed since the fighting in Gaza began July 8.

According to the UN, those killed include over 1,900 Palestinians, mostly civilians. Also, 64 Israeli soldiers have been killed in the fighting and three civilians in Israel have also died. On Friday, Israeli negotiators had left Cairo after failing to agree a deal with their Palestinian counterparts. But the Israeli delegation returned to Cairo Monday after agreeing to resume talks as long as the ceasefire holds.

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