Egypt urges extension to Gaza ceasefire
By Hagar al-Dosoki, Friday, August 08, 2014
CAIRO – Egypt's Foreign Ministry called on Israel and Palestinian resistance factions in the Gaza Strip to extend a ceasefire in the Palestinian enclave and resume indirect talks in Cairo to reach a long-term truce.
"We call on all sides to shoulder their responsibilities…immediately return to observe ceasefire and seize the opportunity to resume talks on the few remaining points that are still pending as soon as possible," the ministry said in a statement.
The Egyptian ministry also regretted the re-eruption of violence between Israel and the Gaza factions following the expiry of a three-day ceasefire on Friday morning.
The brief lull was brokered by Egypt following a month of incessant Israeli strikes against the Gaza Strip that left 1894 Palestinians dead and 9817 others injured.
Palestinian factions and Israel held indirect talks in Cairo to extend the ceasefire, but no agreement was reached as Palestinian factions linked the extension to Israel's approval of their demands, including lifting a years-long blockade on the Gaza Strip and building a seaport.
"Egypt had exerted relentless efforts over the past days to bridge the gap and sponsor indirect talks," the statement said.
"Thus, an agreement was reached on most of the points of interest for the Palestinian people with only a few remaining to solve, which required an extension to the ceasefire to open room for more talks," it added.
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