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Abbas praises Egyptian efforts to reach Gaza ceasefire

The Palestinian president expresses his gratitude for Egyptian efforts to reach a ceasefire between Palestinian factions and Israel, sealed Tuesday

Ahram Online, Thursday 28 Aug 2014
Palestinian President
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Photo: Reuters)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has thanked President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Egyptian efforts to end the crisis in the Gaza Strip, according to Egyptian presidency spokesman Ihad Badawi, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.   

Abbas called El-Sisi late Wednesday to express his appreciation for Egyptian efforts that were successful in sealing a ceasefire agreement to end the Gaza bloodshed.  

Israel and the Palestinian factions reached an Egyptian-sponsored ceasefire agreement Tuesday, coming into effect at 7:00pm Cairo time (1600 GMT). Egypt's foreign ministry announced that indirect talks would resume within one month of Tuesday's open-ended truce following the failure of earlier rounds of negotiations.

Since the beginning of Israel's offensive on Gaza, 8 July, some 2,143 Palestinians were killed and more than 12,000 others injured.

On the Israeli side, 70 — including 64 soldiers — were killed.

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