Israel and Egypt discuss “permanent ceasefire” in Gaza

Israel FM arrives in Egypt for “permanent ceasefire” talks in Gaza

The Egyptian Foreign Minister, in a meeting with his Israeli counterpart, stressed the need to build on a truce between Israel and Hamas by ending all practices that lead to escalation.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Sunday during his meeting with Gabi Ashkenazi in Cairo “the need to take into account the special sensitivity associated with East Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and all Islamic holy places and Christians, ”the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. declaration.

Tensions escalated last month after Israeli security forces stormed the compound of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, firing tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at worshipers Muslims in the last days of the holy month of Ramadan.

After issuing an ultimatum demanding that Israel cease attacks on the mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, Hamas fired a rocket barrage at Israel. Israel followed with an offensive that killed nearly 250 Palestinians.

Egypt helped negotiate a May 21 ceasefire to end the worst fighting in years between Israel and Hamas, the group that rules Gaza, and is working with the United States and regional partners to l ‘extend to a more permanent ceasefire.

In Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel.

Palestinian officials have put the reconstruction costs of the Israeli attacks on Gaza at tens of millions of dollars.

Kamel also met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Sunday and handed him a message from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi affirming Egyptian support for the Palestinians and Abbas, the official MENA news agency reported.

MENA added that Cairo would host talks between Palestinian factions to achieve unity between those in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied areas of the occupied West Bank.

Discussions with Israeli officials focused on a package of measures that would allow materials, electricity and fuel to enter the territory, as well as the possible expansion of maritime space allowed for Gaza fishermen. an anonymous Egyptian official quoted by The Associated Press said.

“The role of the Palestinian Authority is central in the talks,” the official said. “Egypt is seeking to involve him deeply in the reconstruction process. “


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