CAIRO: Indirect Egypt-brokered talks between Palestine and Israel have been postponed until mid-November due to Friday’s Arish attack in the Sinai, Palestinian Embassy in Egypt spokesperson Nagy al-Nagy said in remarks to the Cairo Post Monday.
He added that Palestinian delegation head Azam al-Ahmad postponed the talks due to the security situation in the Sinai and the closing of the Rafah border crossing, and that inter-Palestinian reconciliation talks were also postponed for the same reason.
Hamas and Fatah reached a reconciliation agreement on a unity government in April, but differences reemerged between the two after the announcement of a cease-fire agreement with Israel following the latest Israel-Gaza war this summer.
Hamas issued a Sunday statement saying Egypt had also informed it about delaying the talks.
The Israeli and Palestinian factions conducted talks in Cairo last August to reach an agreement for a permanent cease-fire following a 51-day war. In the conflict, at least 2,145 Palestinians were killed and 11,200 civilians injured, according to Palestinian Health Ministry figures. Also, more than 16,800 homes were destroyed, said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at a donor conference on Gaza reconstruction held in Cairo and co-hosted by Norway on Oct. 12.