CAIRO: A high-level Israeli delegation arrived in Cairo Tuesday to hold talks with Egyptian officials on a permanent truce in the latest offensive in the Gaza Strip, Youm7 reported.
A Palestinian delegation including members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad also entered Egypt Tuesday through the Rafah border crossing to join the negotiations.
Israel and Hamas announced Monday evening they had agreed to a new 72-hour truce starting Tuesday following talks in Cairo. The new cease-fire—mediated by Egypt—came into effect early this morning at 8 a.m.
At least 1,865 Palestinians have been killed and 9,470 injured during the nearly month-long Israeli offensive according to the latest figures issued from the Palestinian Ministry of Health. An Israeli Army spokesperson announced Friday that the death toll for Israeli soldiers had reached 61 since the beginning of “Operation Protective Edge.”
Negotiations were scheduled for last Friday, but were delayed due to the breakdown of a 72-hour truce between Hamas and Israel. The truce was broken two hours after it began, with both sides blaming the other for its dissolution.