Egypt announced on Sunday it was postponing talks in Cairo on cementing the Gaza war ceasefire after closing its border with the Palestinian enclave in response to deadly attacks in the Sinai peninsula.
Indirect cease-fire negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians resumed in Cairo despite Palestinian threats to suspend them over Israel’s killing of two Palestinians accused in the murder of three Israeli teens.
Indirect cease-fire talks between Israel and the Palestinians will resume this week.
Israel and the Palestinians have reached a Gaza ceasefire deal and an official announcement will be made in Egypt, where the agreement was mediated, a Gaza-based Hamas spokesman said on Tuesday.
Israel launched attacks in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and recalled its negotiators from truce talks in Cairo after saying three Palestinian rockets had hit southern Israel, hours before a ceasefire was due to expire.
The chief Palestinian delegate to truce talks with Israel warned that Gaza violence could erupt anew unless progress is made toward a lasting deal.
Indications are mounting that the indirect Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire talks in Cairo could be heading for failure. J.J. Goldberg blames extremists on both sides.
Israel and the Palestinians have given themselves five days to come up with a comprehensive agreement to end the war in Gaza. While that is a welcome extension on past ceasefires, there is still a dangerously long way to go to bridge their differences.
At least two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip struck Israel on Wednesday, moments before a three-day truce was set to expire, police said.
After hours casting their nets close to the Gaza shore, Palestinian fishermen sift through their catch in the dim dawn light, managing to scrape together a few piles of puny fish.