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Aug 23, 2014

Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages

GAZA/CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt fire and resume ceasefire talks, but violence continued unabated with Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip and Hamas militants firing rockets at the Jewish state.

A senior Egyptian diplomat said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had informed Sisi that Hamas was prepared to come to Cairo for further talks, but Hamas did not immediately confirm the report. Israel also had no immediate comment.

Aug 7, 2014

Gaza ceasefire holds on second day, extension talks under way

GAZA/CAIRO (Reuters) – A 72-hour Gaza truce held through its second day on Wednesday and Israel said it was ready to extend the deal as Egyptian mediators pursued talks with Israelis and Palestinians on an enduring end to a war that devastated the Hamas-ruled enclave.

Egypt’s intelligence chief met a Palestinian delegation in Cairo, the state news agency MENA said, a day after he conferred with Israeli representatives. The Palestinian team, led by an official from Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, includes envoys from Hamas and the Islamic Jihad group.

Aug 6, 2014

Gaza ceasefire holding on second day, talks under way

GAZA/CAIRO (Reuters) – A Gaza truce was holding on Wednesday as Egyptian mediators pursued talks with Israeli and Palestinian representatives on an enduring end to a war that has devastated the Hamas Islamist- dominated enclave.

Egyptian intelligence officials met in Cairo with a high-level Israeli delegation late on Tuesday, a day after conferring with Palestinians who included envoys from Hamas and the Islamic Jihad group, Egyptian officials said.

Aug 4, 2014

Egypt holds Gaza truce talks with Palestinian factions

CAIRO (Reuters) – Palestinian groups including envoys of Hamas and Islamic Jihad held their first formal meeting in Cairo on Monday with Egyptian mediators hoping to secure a durable ceasefire with Israel after more than three weeks of fighting.

Talks focused on a joint list of demands agreed by the Palestinian factions on Sunday, including an appeal to lift the blockade on Gaza. It was not clear how far the talks would progress, however, after Israel declined to send its envoys.

Aug 3, 2014

Egypt awards Suez hub project to consortium that includes army: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt has a chosen a consortium that includes the Egyptian army and global engineering firm Dar al-Handasah to develop an international industrial and logistics hub in the Suez Canal area, government and military sources said on Sunday.

The Suez Canal is the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia and brings in around $5 billion of revenues per year, a vital source of hard currency for Egypt which has suffered a slump in tourism and foreign investment since a 2011 uprising.

Jul 24, 2014

Ending bloodshed in Gaza rests on a face-saving truce

CAIRO (Reuters) – A possible truce to halt bloodshed in Gaza during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday next week hinges on complex negotiations that have to give Hamas, Israel and regional powers a chance to claim political and military victories.

Egypt is trying to broker a temporary humanitarian truce which would start during one of Islam’s biggest celebrations following the fasting month of Ramadan, in the hope that it will facilitate more permanent ceasefire talks.

Jul 22, 2014

Kerry urges Hamas to end conflict, has ‘constructive’ Egypt talks

CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Hamas on Tuesday to pursue a negotiated end to its conflict with Israel after what he said were constructive talks with Egyptian officials about their ceasefire proposal.

After meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whose country has some leverage over Hamas through its control of a border crossing from Egypt to the Gaza Strip, Kerry said there was still “work to do” to resolve the conflict.

Jul 21, 2014

Kerry, in Cairo, presses for Gaza cease-fire

CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began a diplomatic push on Monday to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, but senior U.S. officials acknowledged this would be difficult.

More than 500 people have died in the Gaza Strip fighting, the vast majority of them Palestinians, as Israel has pursued an air and ground offensive to stop rocket attacks on its territory from the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip.

Jul 21, 2014

Kerry arrives in Cairo to press for Gaza cease-fire

CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began a diplomatic push on Monday to try to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas but senior U.S. officials acknowledged this would be challenging.

More than 500 people have died in the Gaza Strip fighting, the vast majority of them Palestinians, as Israel has pursued an air and ground offensive to try to stop rocket attacks on its territory from the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip.

Jul 18, 2014

Egypt’s Gaza truce move highlights bid to break Islamists

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s attempts to pressure Hamas into accepting a truce plan offering few concessions for the group to end the latest fighting with Israel show Cairo’s determination to finish the job it began at home – crushing Islamists it sees as a threat.

    Egypt has always regarded itself as the most effective mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.