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Egypt begins Gaza ceasefire talks with Palestinian groups

Published on Aug 4, 2014 8:22 PM
 
An Israeli soldier walks past Merkava tanks positioned on the Israeli side of the border with the Palestinian enclave as the sun sets on Aug 3, 2014. Palestinian groups, including representatives from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, held their first formal meeting in Cairo on Monday, Aug 4, with Egyptian mediators hoping to pave the way towards a durable ceasefire agreement with Israel. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (Reuters) - Palestinian groups, including representatives from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, held their first formal meeting in Cairo on Monday with Egyptian mediators hoping to pave the way towards a durable ceasefire agreement with Israel.

Talks focused on a list of demands agreed by the Palestinian factions on Sunday, including an appeal to Egypt to ease movement across its own border crossing with blockaded Gaza. It was not clear how far the talks would progress, however, after Israel declined to send its envoys as scheduled.

Palestinian demands include a ceasefire, the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, the lifting of the blockade on the area, the release of prisoners and the start of a reconstruction process, delegation members said on Sunday.

The talks began at noon (5pm Spore time) under the auspices of Egypt's powerful intelligence service.

 
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