Hamas ready for 'rapid' prisoner exchange talks with Israel
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"We are ready for indirect, urgent and rapid negotiations to conclude the case."
The head of Hamas' political wing in the Gaza Strip -- a Palestinian enclave home to some two million people -- delivered the statement on the sidelines of a visit by Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel.
The aerial bombardments on Gaza killed 254 Palestinians, including 66 children, health officials said.
Rockets and other fire from Gaza claimed 12 lives in Israel, including one child and an Arab-Israeli teenager, medics said.
"However, we categorically reject any link between these two aspects," he added, without specifying how many prisoners could be released.
In Cairo on Sunday, Israeli foreign minister Gabi Ashkenazi raised the issue of two soldiers thought to be dead and two other Israelis believed to be detained in Gaza.
Hamas is also believed to be holding two Israeli citizens who entered Gaza alone and whose families say they have mental health issues.
Israel is meanwhile holding more than 5,000 Palestinians in its jails.
The latest conflict erupted on May 10 when Hamas sent volleys of rocket fire towards Israel in solidarity with hundreds of Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli security forces inside Al-Aqsa mosque compound.
From May 10 to May 21 the Gaza Strip suffered extensive damage, and international aid has started to pour in.
Egypt and Qatar each pledged $500 million (about 410 million Euros) for reconstruction.