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Abbas and Sisi Discuss Situation in Gaza

Egyptian President promises PA Chairman that Cairo will continue efforts to broker a ceasefire.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 7/9/2014, 1:46 AM

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Reuters

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas spoke on Tuesday evening with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the WAFA news agency reported.

According to the report, Abbas and Sisi spoke about “the dangerous Israeli escalation against the Gaza Strip”.

Sisi reportedly expressed Egypt's willingness to continue its efforts to mediate a ceasefire in the region.

Reports that Egypt was mediating a potential ceasefire between Israel and Hamas surfaced as far back as last Friday, before Israel began Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

On Monday night, Abbas demanded that Israel stop the airstrikes on Gaza and called them a “dangerous Israeli escalation”, but failed to condemn the rocket attacks from Gaza on southern Israel.

Meanwhile, Gaza terrorists continued their rocket attacks on Israel on Tuesday evening and upped the ante when they hit deeper into the country than before.

Rockets were fired towards Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and as far north as Hadera, located approximately 45 kilometers (28 miles) north of Tel Aviv and south of Haifa.