Israeli government spokesman says Israel's point-man on Gaza arrived in Cairo for truce talks with the Egyptian mediators.
Mark Regev says the envoy will discuss the "parameters of the end game" with the Egyptians. Amos Gilad flew to Cairo on Thursday on a private plane.
Regev says Israel wants a total end to Hamas' rocket launches into Israel, and an arms embargo on Gaza's militant rulers. He will not be meeting Hamas envoys who are also in town. Israeli troops pushed further into the densely populated Gaza City on Thursday _ the 20th day of the offensive to rout out Hamas militants.
Gaza-based Hamas official Ghazi Hamad says the deeper incursion reflected "pressure" to get his group to accept Egypt's truce proposal.