US intelligence chief Bill Burns and his Israeli counterpart David Barnea left Qatar late on Saturday night following talks on a Gaza truce and hostage release deal, a source briefed on the talks told AFP.

The CIA and Mossad chiefs “departed Doha to brief their respective teams back home on the latest round” of talks, the source said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the discussions.

“The talks focused on details and a ratio for the exchange of hostages and prisoners,” the knowledgeable source added, explaining that “technical teams remain in Doha.”

Israel said on Friday that the head of its spy agency was to return to Doha for his second trip in a week after talks were restarted following failed efforts to secure a truce before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began last week.

With AFP