PA President Mahmoud Abbas contacted Egyptian President Abdel Fattah
al-Sisi earlier on Wednesday and briefed the Middle East leader on Israel's ongoing operation in Gaza.
"Sisi stressed Egypt
was interested in the safety of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip
and sparing this grave assault," a statement from Abbas's office said, adding that Cairo
would "exert efforts to reach an immediate ceasefire.".Under Sisi, Cairo
has secured closures on the Egyptian-Gaza border, increasing economic pressure on Hamas
from a long-running Israeli blockade.