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Posted: Aug 17, 2014 12:54 AM

Updated: Aug 17, 2014 12:54 AM

CAIRO (AP) A Palestinian negotiator says his side is "less optimistic" on indirect talks with Israel over the Gaza war as a deadline on a temporary cease-fire looms.

The negotiator spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity as the Palestinian team arrived at the Cairo International Airport. Israeli officials were expected to arrive later.

A current cease-fire in the war is due to expire at midnight Monday (2100 GMT).

The Palestinian negotiator says that a key sticking point remains Hamas' insistence that Israel to pledge to end its Gaza blockade before the talks conclude.

The United Nations says close to 2,000 Palestinians have been killed most civilians and more than 10,000 people have been wounded since the war began July 8. Israel has lost 67 people, all but three soldiers.

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