Abbas arrives in Cairo to discuss collapse of truce
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas - AP

CAIRO: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has arrived in Cairo Friday coming from Qatar, in an official visit that would last for two days to discuss the reasons behind the Palestinian-Israeli ceasefire truce’s collapse, Youm7 reported.

Abbas is scheduled to meet with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Nabil El-Araby, the Secretary-General of the Arab League.

Abbas visited Qatar on Wednesday, and met with Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar and Khaled Mashal, the head of Hamas’s political bureau. Abbas, before leaving Doha, visited Jordan as well.

His visit to Cairo comes after the collapse of the truce which lasted for days on Aug. 19, after which mutual bombardment was resumed, causing more casualties in both sides.

About 2047 Palestinians have been killed including 553 kids and 470 women, and more than 10224 have been injured including 3106 kids, according to the Palestinian health ministry’s report released on August 20.

While three Israeli civilians and 68 soldiers were killed, according to most recent Israeli media reports.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu has pledged Friday to “intensify” military operations after a four-year-old Israeli boy was killed in a mortar attack on a southern Israeli Village along the Gaza borders, BBC reported.

Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) began the Protective Edge operation on the Gaza Strip to stamp out Hamas fired rockets at Israeli cities, on July8.

Egypt has been trying to reach a truce between the two conflicting parts: Hamas and Israel, and on Aug. 10, Egypt succeeded in securing a three-day ceasefire, which was then extended by another five days that expired on Aug. 18, but minutes before the truce was set to expire, the Palestinian and Israeli leaders agreed on another 24 –hour truce.

The Palestinian factions demand a ceasefire, ending the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip, opening Rafah crossing border and expanding the fishing area, while Israel stipulates the disarmament of Palestinian factions.

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