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Israeli Delegation to Visit Cairo for Ceasefire Talks

Shin Bet chief among members of an Israeli delegation that will visit Cairo to discuss Gaza ceasefire.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 7/17/2014, 1:42 AM

Israeli airstrikes in Gaza
Israeli airstrikes in Gaza
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An Israeli delegation will leave for Cairo on Thursday, where it will participate in talks for a ceasefire mediated by Egypt, it was reported Wednesday night.

The members of the delegation are Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) chief Yoram Cohen, senior Defense Ministry official Amos Gilad, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s personal envoy, Attorney Yitzhak Molcho.

Earlier on Wednesday, Palestinian Authority sources said that a Hamas official was also in Cairo for talks about Egyptian-led efforts to end a nine-day conflict between the Gaza-based Islamist movement and Israel.

The terrorist group has already rejected a proposal that Egypt put forward this week aimed at bringing an end to the violence, complaining that it had been excluded from the discussions.

Israel, meanwhile, has accepted a request by UN envoy Robert Serry to enact a "humanitarian ceasefire" for several hours starting Thursday morning.

The IDF Spokesman said the ceasefire will be in effect between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Thursday, and will be a “window of opportunity” for Palestinian Arabs in Gaza to get supplies and evacuate.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday that Washington is doing "everything in our power" to achieve a ceasefire in Gaza.