Smoke rises following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza City.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
A delegation comprised of various Palestinian factions reportedly arrived Tuesday in Cairo for talks on an Egyptian cease-fire initiative proposed two weeks ago to quell the fighting between Hamas and Israel, according to Al-Arabiya.
The delegation - including representatives from the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad - was slated to meet with Egyptian officials to discuss the draft truce, which Hamas and Islamic Jihad previous rejected and Israel accepted.
Among the delegation members were Fatah's Azzam al-Ahmad, Moussa Abu Marzouk of Hamas and Ziyad Nahal from the Islamic Jihad, according to the report.
Israel briefly halted its strikes in Gaza after accepting the Egyptian truce proposal on July 15, but resumed attacks the next day as terrorists in Gaza pounded Israel with fresh salvos of rockets.
Hamas rejected the Egyptian efforts to end fighting, saying any deal must include an end to a blockade of the coastal enclave and a recommitment to a cease-fire reached in Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012.
Egypt has previously said it has no plans to revise the cease-fire proposal, while Hamas has stressed that it has no plans to change their conditions to a truce.
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