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Palestinian delegation en route to Cairo for ceasefire talks
Published Saturday 02/08/2014 (updated) 03/08/2014 09:47
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Palestinians inspect a destroyed mosque following an overnight
Israeli strike on Gaza City, on Aug. 2, 2014 (AFP Mahmud Hams)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian delegation on Saturday left the West Bank en route to Cairo for talks aimed at securing a deal to end Israel's ongoing offensive on Gaza, a statement said.

The delegation was originally set to travel to Cairo Friday, but talks were delayed after a temporary ceasefire collapsed with Israel and Hamas blaming each other for breaking it.

A statement from President Mahmoud Abbas' office said that the delegation would consist of 12 representatives of Palestinian factions, headed by senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad.

Hamas officials Mousa Abu Marzouq, Khalil al-Hayya, and Izzat al-Rishiq are expected to meet the delegation in Cairo.

The Islamic Jihad movement will be represented by Ziad al-Nakhala and Khalid al-Batsh.

Abbas himself will not be joining the delegation.

Earlier, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Saturday an Egyptian truce plan provided a "real chance" to end the Gaza conflict, stressing the need for its speedy implementation.

"The Egyptian proposal is the real chance to find a solution to the crisis in Gaza and to end the bloodshed," Sisi told a joint news conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

"Time is decisive, we have to take advantage of it quickly to douse the fire in the (Gaza) Strip ... and to stop the bloodshed of Palestinians."

AFP contributed to this report.
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1 ) jorge / brazil
02/08/2014 14:36
Forgett about ceasefires. There will be no one again. israel learnt his lesson.

2 ) Rafael / USA
02/08/2014 16:22
Palestinians have multiple factions so they should be happy talking to each other about how horrible Israel is. Will anyone their get the message that killing 3 Jewish boys and shooting rockets at Israel is a really bad idea! Unless of course the whole intent is keep crying for eternity. Suggestion get the groups in Gaza to throw out the white flag and turn over the solider. A lot of Gazans lives will be saved and humanitarian assistance will become available. Anyone rational in Gaza??

3 ) Outlier / USA
02/08/2014 18:38
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." The next ceasefire will be achieved when Israel decides. Hamas lost any opportunity to negotiate by breaking the last ceasefire.

4 ) Abd Al Salem / Egypt
03/08/2014 01:32
Bravo to the Palestinians for going to Cairo, shame the Israeli's didn't have the courage to do the same thing. Guess they feel brave, having just secured more military aid from US. World is turning away though, backlash will come for sure. We already see what's happening to innocent Jews. Everyone knows Hamas didn't kill those boys. Do they have two soldiers? Maybe one body or ID tags? Best thing is to call a humanitarian truce & go to Cairo for talks. Neutral environment works wonders for sure
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