CAIRO: A Palestinian official from the Palestine embassy in Cairo denied media reports claiming that the Palestinian delegation would withdraw from Cairo-brokered indirect talks between Ramallah and Jerusalem that resumed Tuesday.
Maan News Agency quoted from a Palestinian official Tuesday that the Palestinian delegation was considering withdrawing from the talks in Cairo over the killing two Palestinian men, who are suspected of murdering the three Israeli settlers.
The Israeli Army announced Tuesday it had shot dead the two men; “Overnight, Amer Abu Aisha & Marwan Qawame – murderers of #EyalGiladNaftali – were killed in exchange of fire with IDF forces,” stated the Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson’s Twitter account.
The Palestine delegation said in a statement that the killing of two men impeded the indirect talks.
“The occupation authority chose the day of resuming the talks between both sides, Palestine and Israel, and brokered by Egypt. That shows premeditated malicious intentions,” the statement read.
In June three teenage settlers, Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah, were kidnapped. Their bodies were found June 30 in the West Bank and Israeli raids began on Gaza in the following day.
The situation escalated between both sides and the war started when Israel announced Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, which killed around 2,083 Palestinians, including 561 children and 475 women, and injuring more than 10,482, including 3,189 children, according to a Palestinian Health Ministry report released Aug. 21.