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Hamas attacks border crossing, killing 3, as Gaza cease-fire talks drag on

Hamas claimed credit Sunday for a deadly rocket attack on the Kerem Shalom border crossing with Israel as cease-fire negotiations dragged on with no breakthrough in sight. The talks are viewed by some U.S. officials as the "last chance" to avoid a return to all-out war in Gaza.

Three soldiers were killed and others were wounded in the attack on Kerem Shalom, according to the Israel Defense Forces, and the crossing was closed for humanitarian aid. The IDF alleged that the rockets came from Rafah, the city in southern Gaza that is home to more than a million displaced Palestinians and, according to Israel, the last intact Hamas battalions.

Israel's determination to invade Rafah, despite concerns from Washington and other allies, remains a key sticking point in cease-fire negotiations. Hamas insists that any hostage-release deal must include a permanent end to the war and a withdrawal of Israeli troops from the enclave.


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