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Egypt condemned Israel
2014.07.29 08:24:39

Egypt on Monday condemned Israel for using what it said was "excessive force" against civilians in the Gaza Strip.

It also urged Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian movement that dominates the Gaza Strip, to abide by the "humanitarian truce" proposed by Cairo and backed by the United Nations to end the 21-day conflict.

The foreign ministry said in a statement:

Egypt condemns the excessive use of force from the Israeli side against civilians" in the coastal enclave.

It particularly condemned strikes on a hospital and a beachfront refugee camp in Gaza city, but did not blame either the Israeli military or Hamas. [AFP]



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Kerry: Gaze ceasefire must lead to Hamas disarmament
2014.07.29 03:39:06

US Secretary of State John Kerry said international efforts to agree a truce between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza must lead to the disarmament of Hamas.

Kerry said: "... any process to resolve the crisis in Gaza in a lasting and meaningful way must lead to the disarmament of Hamas and all terrorist groups."

[AFP]



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Abbas to lead 'joint team' for Gaza truce talks
2014.07.29 02:59:30

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is to head a team including Hamas for talks in Cairo on sealing a Gaza ceasefire between the Hamas and Israel, an official said Monday.

"Abbas is forming a Palestinian delegation including Hamas and Islamic Jihad representatives to meet Egyptian leaders and discuss a halt to Israel's aggression against Gaza," said the senior official in the West Bank city of Ramallah where the Abbas-led Palestinian Authority is based.

"The aim is to examine with Egyptian leaders how to meet Palestinian demands and put an end to the aggression and protect the Palestinians," said the source, declining to be named or to give a date for the mission.

[AFP]



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Egypt's army destroy 13 tunnel
2014.07.28 03:54:40

Egypt's army has said that it destroyed 13 more tunnels connecting the Sinai Peninsula to the Gaza Strip, taking the overall number it has laid waste to 1,639.

Cairo has poured troops into the peninsula to counter a rising fighters since the removal of Mohamed Morsi, the former president , last year, and its security operation involves the destruction of these tunnels.

Hamas, the armed Palestinian group ruling Gaza, reportedly uses the tunnels to smuggle arms, food and money into the blockaded coastal enclave.

Israel has been waging a military offensive on Gaza since July 8 to halt rocket fire, and it launched a ground assault on July 17 aimed at destroying the network of tunnels. It accuses Hamas of using the tunnels to attacks on Israel.

[AFP]



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Four-hour extension of a temporary truce in Gaza
2014.07.27 04:22:12

BREAKING: Israel's security cabinet has reportedly approved a four-hour extension of a temporary truce in Gaza, prolonging an initial 12-hour ceasefire until midnight.

Israel's Channel 10 said the extension had been approved less than two hours before the temporary ceasefire was due to expire, and after US Secretary of State John Kerry and other international leaders called for a longer truce.

{AFP}



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Israeli cabinet
2014.07.26 04:44:49

According to the Israeli media, the Israeli cabinet is considering US Secretary of State John Kerry's suggestion for an 12-hour ceasefire in Gaza, during which the army will continue its work on locating terror tunnels but will not carry out explosions of the tunnels and will hold its fire.

After long hours of deliberations, the ministers went on a break and will resume the meeting either later Friday night or on Saturday, Israeli media said.



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News conference in Egypt after the Israeli rejection
2014.07.26 03:14:01

At a news conference in Egypt after the Israeli rejection, John Kerry said diplomats were still trying to agree a deal.

"We are working towards a brief seven-day peace in honor of Eid, to bring people together to create a more durable ceasefire," he said.

"We still have terminology and context to work through, but we are confident we have a framework that will work, and we will continue to work for that ... none of us here are stopping."



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Week-long pause in Israel-Hamas fighting
2014.07.26 03:13:00

According to the AP news agency, the proposal by the US secretary of state John Kerry called for a week-long pause in Israel-Hamas fighting. During this time, the two sides would begin indirect talks on easing the border closure of the blockaded Gaza Strip.



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Proposals for a ceasefire rejected
2014.07.26 03:11:34

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet has rejected proposals for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, a government source told Reuters news agency.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has been pushing for a halt to 18 days of fighting between Israel and armed Hamas group in the Gaza Strip.

Full details of the proposed truce have not been released, but the government official, who declined to be named, said Israel wanted modifications before agreeing to any end to hostilities. Hamas has yet to respond to the proposed ceasefire.

[Reuters]



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Pressure built for a ceasefire in Gaza
2014.07.26 02:57:34

US Secretary of State John Kerry huddled with UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Egypt's foreign minister as pressure built for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Kerry, who spent another night in Cairo reaching out by telephone to regional officials, met Ban and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri for around half an hour.

The top US diplomat has said he would speak to reporters later Friday, on what could be the end of his week-long mission to the region.

The United States has worked with Egypt on a plan that, diplomats say, would provide a humanitarian pause in the deadly Israel-Hamas conflict ahead of talks on key issues.

US officials said that Kerry has spoken repeatedly by telephone with the foreign ministers of Qatar and Turkey, which are seen as influential over Hamas.

[AFP]



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Kerry reaches out to Hamas allies to press truce
2014.07.25 03:58:54

US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to his counterparts in Qatar and Turkey, which support the Palestinian group Hamas, as he pressed for a Gaza ceasefire.

Kerry - who is in Egypt, which has drafted a truce proposal for the Israel-Hamas conflict - spoke by phone with the foreign ministers of Qatar and Turkey, a US official said.

The top US diplomat was hoping Qatar and Turkey would use their influence to encourage Hamas to accept a ceasefire plan, which the Islamist group has so far rejected, the official said.

Kerry also spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after meeting him for two hours late Wednesday.

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal is based in Qatar.

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has harshly criticized Israel's assault on Hamas-ruled Gaza as well as Egypt's role in trying to  clinch a ceasefire.

[AFP]



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Egypt plan for Gaza cease-fire
2014.07.23 05:22:31

The Palestinian leadership proposed to Egypt a plan for a Gaza cease-fire to be followed by five days of negotiations to stop the conflict in Gaza, Palestinian official Azzam al-Ahmed told reporters in Cairo on Tuesday.

The Palestinian leadership offered a new suggestion in the framework of the Egyptian initiative for a ceasefire followed immediately by negotiations lasting five days.

[Reuters]



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Framework to end the conflict in the Gaza Strip
2014.07.23 05:07:17

US Secretary of State John Kerry says that an initiative from Egypt is the framework to end the conflict in the Gaza Strip.

There is a framework to end the violence and that framework is the Egyptian initiative.



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Possibility of restarting stalled peace talks
2014.07.23 03:49:54

Egypt's foreign minister is raising the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians as part of negotiating a cease-fire in the war that has broken out on the Gaza Strip.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri's comments Tuesday came at the start of a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in Cairo trying to help broker a truce after two weeks of fighting.

[AP]



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Hamas's conditions
2014.07.22 05:03:56

An important line from this Reuters report just now: "'Egypt does not mind adding some of Hamas's conditions provided that all involved parties approve,' a senior Egyptian official said." Egypt has until now insisted that Hamas accept a cease-fire with no concessions—terms would be negotiated after the fighting ends. Hamas has rejected this.



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Ban Ki-moon arrived in Cairo
2014.07.22 04:15:20

UN chief Ban Ki-moon arrived in Cairo for talks to build support for a truce in Gaza, an airport official said.

Ban, who arrived from Kuwait, is due to meet Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri as international efforts to end the deadly conflict in the Palestinian territory intensified, with US Secretary of State John Kerry also expected to arrive in the Egyptian capital later in the evening.

[AFP]



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Palestinian envoy to the United Nations
2014.07.19 03:01:16

The Palestinian envoy to the United Nations said he hopes "a very intensive negotiation" in Cairo might produce a ceasefire to end the violence in Gaza.

Ambassador Riyad Mansour said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with leaders from Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Egypt and other many others and he understood that US Secretary of State John Kerry was on his way to Egypt.

"We hope that an agreement and ceasefire to take place as quickly as possible before shedding the blood of one additional single Palestinian soul,'' Mansour said. [AP]



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Conspiring to undermine Cairo's efforts
2014.07.19 02:40:38

Egypt's foreign minister accused Qatar, Turkey and Hamas on Thursday of conspiring to undermine Cairo's efforts to bring about a ceasefire between the Hamas and Israel in Gaza, Egypt's state news agency reported.

Egypt sees Hamas as a threat because it is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, which the army removed from power last year, straining ties with the Gulf Arab state of Qatar and with Turkey, both countries that backed Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri made the accusation against Turkey, Qatar and Hamas in a briefing with local newspaper editors, the state news agency MENA reported.

"Had Hamas accepted the Egyptian initiative, at least 40 Palestinian souls would have been saved," MENA quoted Shukri as saying.

[Reuters]



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Israel denied reports it was considering a wider ceasefire
2014.07.18 04:53:25

A five-hour humanitarian truce has ended in the Gaza Strip, as Israel denied reports it was considering a wider ceasefire proposed by Egypt.

The UN-brokered humanitarian truce ended at 12pm GMT on Thursday with two reported infractions - three mortar bombs landed in Israel while Israeli tank fire was reported in Rafah.

The truce ended amid reports by the Reuters news agency that Israel was considering an Egyptian proposal for a comprehensive Gaza ceasefire starting on Friday, but this was quickly denied by Israel's foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Speaking to a group of diplomats, Lieberman said that "the reports of a ceasefire, are far from representing reality, I spoke with the prime minister, and as of now they are incorrect".



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Israeli official: 'There is an agreement for a ceasefire'
2014.07.18 04:51:55

Reuters quoted an unnamed Israeli official as saying "There is an agreement for a ceasefire beginning tomorrow, I believe it is six in the morning "

The official said Israeli leaders approved a truce after an Israeli delegation held talks in Egypt.

There is no confirmation as to whether Hamas has agreed to the reported agreement.



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