Hamas says mediators have not yet provided updates on Gaza ceasefire talks

Smoke rises from Gaza, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, as seen from Israel

CAIRO (Reuters) - Hamas said in a statement on Thursday that mediators have not yet provided the group with any updates regarding Gaza ceasefire negotiations.

It also accused Israel of "stalling" to gain time and thwart the current round of talks.

"The occupation continues its policy of stalling to buy time to foil this round of negotiations, as it has done in previous rounds," the Islamist faction added.

The Hamas comments come as Qatari and Egyptian mediators, backed by the United States, have stepped up efforts this week to conclude a ceasefire deal aimed at ending the nine-month war in Gaza and releasing Israeli hostages held by Hamas and many Palestinians jailed in Israel.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Tala Ramadan; Editing by Toby Chopra)