CIA Director returns to Middle East for ceasefire talks

by ian

CIA director Bill Burns quietly traveled to the Middle East this week in hopes of securing a ceasefire before Ramadan.

Burns was in Egypt on Wednesday and Qatar yesterday as Israel and Hamas remain at an impasse over a hostage deal. Hamas left Cairo yesterday after days of talks with no obvious breakthrough. Egyptian media says negotiations will resume next week.

Ramadan is set to begin in the coming days. Israel says hostages must be returned by then or else they will begin operations in the southern Gaza city of Rafah.