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Israel, Hamas Officially Cease Cairo Talks

End to abortive talks as rocket fire continues; both delegations being pulled out of Cairo.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 8/20/2014, 7:53 PM / Last Update: 8/20/2014, 8:10 PM

Palestinians at Cairo talks
Palestinians at Cairo talks
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Both Israel and Hamas have pulled their delegations out of Cairo, following Hamas's breaching of a six-day long ceasefire and then firing over 130 rockets into Israel in a 24-hour period. 

Hamas officially declared the talks over on Al-Aqsa TV Wednesday night, then called on remaining Palestinian Arab representatives from Islamic Jihad and Fatah (Palestinian Authority, or PA) to leave as well. 

"We are calling on the Palestinian delegation to withdraw immediately from Cairo and not to return," a spokesman for Hamas's "military wing," the Al-Qassam Brigades, stated. 

"There will be no return to talks after today and any move in this direction will never achieve any result," he added. "The enemy lost a golden chance to reach a ceasefire with limited demands, for which it will pay after today."

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) confirmed that Israel had ceased talks as well, and was in the process of pulling out its own delegation, in remarks to Channel 2.

More to follow.