Egypt: No plans to revise Gaza cease-fire proposal

Egyptian FM: Initiative "provides the needs of all sides and we will continue offering it and we hope to get their support as soon as possible."

By REUTERS
July 19, 2014 13:30
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French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius (L), talks during a news conference with his Egyptian counterpart Samih Shukri (R), in Cairo July 18, 2014.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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CAIRO - Egypt has no plans to revise its cease-fire proposal to end fighting in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, which has rejected the initiative, Cairo's foreign minister said on Saturday.

"It provides the needs of all sides and we will continue offering it and we hope to get their support as soon as possible," said Sameh Shukri at a news conference with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius.

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The comments were made after Fabius held talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on the Gaza crisis.

Fighting between Israel and the Palestinian terror group in Gaza continued on Saturday as

Israel agreed to an Egyptian cease-fire proposal on Tuesday, which Hamas rejected.

After days of waiting and deliberation, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday night directed the IDF to send ground troops into Gaza to strike the terror tunnels into Israel.

On Thursday, a temporary five-hour humanitarian cease-fire was interrupted by rocket fire from Gaza.



Herb Keinon contributed to this report.

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