Hamas Delegation in Cairo For Gaza Talks

CAIRO (Reuters) —

A delegation from Palestinian terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad arrived in Cairo on Sunday for indirect ceasefire talks with Israel to be conducted through Egyptian officials, Egyptian sources said.

Truce talks would include Hamas’ demand that Egypt ease movement across its border with blockaded Gaza. Israel said it would not send envoys as scheduled, accusing the Hamas officials of misleading international mediators.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair are expected to fly to Cairo for the negotiations, airport sources said.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was in Cairo on Sunday, said that a peace proposal should include an immediate ceasefire, ending the blockade and the release of prisoners.

These points were part of an Egyptian initiative to end the violence but that has so far failed to end the crisis.

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