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Egypt calls on Israel, Palestinians to de-escalate violence in Gaza

Ahram Online, Tuesday 13 Nov 2018
An Israeli looks at smoke billowing from the other side on a hill overlooking Israel's border with the Gaza Strip in the southern city of Sderot, on November 13, 2018 AFP
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Egypt has called on Israel and the Palestinians to halt an escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip, Egypt's state television reported quoting informed sources.

This came after Israel staged air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Monday, killing three Palestinians, after intensive shelling of its territory from the enclave.

"Egypt told Israeli authorities of the need to halt its escalatory operations in the strip and abide by the path of calm and the progress it has achieved over the past period," a high-level source said late on Monday, according to Egyptian state television.

The country has also stepped up efforts with the Palestinians on the matter, urging them to "commit to self-restraint, not to be dragged into an armed conflict, and instead to return to the negotiating table."

The latest flare-up, which has also killed a civilian in Israel, threatens to hold back efforts by Egypt and the United Nations to broker a long-term truce.


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