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Israeli delegation arrives in Cairo for ceasefire talks: Source

Three Israeli negotiators have arrived in Egypt for indirect talks with Palestinian factions to find a durable truce in the Gaza Strip

Ahmed Eleiba, Tuesday 5 Aug 2014
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Israel's delegation has arrived in Cairo for discussions aimed to reach a ceasefire with Palestinian factions in Gaza, an informed source told Ahram Online late on Tuesday.

The delegation is comprised of three negotiators: Isaac Molha, adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Yoram Cohen, chief of Shin Bet security agency and Amos Gilad, head of the political bureau at the defence ministry.

Egypt mediated a 72-hour truce on Tuesday between Israel and Hamas-led Palestinian factions that officials hope will lead to further talks and a more lasting end to the Gaza war.

Israeli ground forces withdrew from the Gaza Strip ahead of the truce, with a military spokesman saying the main goal of destroying cross-border infiltration tunnels had been achieved, Reuters reported.

The Israeli war on Gaza has led to the death of 1,834 Palestinians since it began on 8 July. Most of them are civilians.

Israel says 64 soldiers and three civilians have been killed in clashes and shelling in and around the enclave.
 

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