Abbas leaves Cairo, heads to Amman after latest Egypt meetings on Gaza
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas - AP

CAIRO:  Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas left Cairo for Jordan on Sunday after a short visit following the collapse of Palestinian-Israeli cease-fire talks, the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency reported.

Abbas met in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and other top officials, including the chief of Egyptian intelligence Muhammad al-Tuhami, as well as with representatives of Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Ma’an added.

Abbas’ meetings in Cairo aimed to “reach an agreement with Egypt on the quickest ways to establish a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and to foil ‘[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s plots to isolate Gaza rather than end its blockade,’” Ma’an said, quoting an official.

The official added that the Palestinian delegation will come back to Egypt when Israel accepts their demands.

Abbas arrived in Cairo on Friday evening coming from Qatar, where he met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani and Hamas political leader Khaled Mashal.

Since the beginning of the ongoing Israel-Gaza war in July, around 2,083 Palestinians have been killed, including 561 children and 475 women, and more than 10,482 have been injured, including 3,189 children, according to a Palestinian Health Ministry report released on Aug. 21.

In that same period, 68 Israelis—64 of whom were soldiers—have been killed according to the most recent Israeli media reports.

The Israeli Haaretz newspaper reported Sunday that Abbas would announce a “major initiative” this week, and quoted sources saying that he would ask world powers, the United Nations and the International Criminal Court (ICC) to “take responsibility for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

On Saturday, Hamas signed a proposal to join the ICC, seeking legal action against Israel. On Nov. 29, 2012, the U.N. General Assembly granted Palestine non-permanent membership. Without membership in the U.N., Palestine could not be party to the ICC.

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