BEIRUT (NEWSnet/AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that some of the details Hamas sought in the latest cease-fire negotiations were “workable” — and some not.

He did not spell out the specifics on that conversation.

But speaking to reporters in Qatar, Blinken said the U.S. and other mediators will keep trying to “close this deal.”

Blinken is in the region to push a cease-fire proposal with global support that has not been fully embraced by Israel or Hamas. The militant group submitted its first official response late Tuesday, requesting “amendments” to the deal.

The American’s comments came as Lebanon’s Hezbollah fired a massive barrage of rockets into northern Israel to avenge the killing of a top commander, further escalating regional tensions.

Blinken is on his eighth visit to the region since the start of the war.

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