Egyptians in Gaza to Advance Ceasefire Talks

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Palestinian police officers loyal to Hamas march during a graduation ceremony in Gaza City last month.(Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

Egyptian intelligence officials were in Gaza on Thursday to try to shore up an informal ceasefire between Israel and the terror groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Hamas officials have been threatening that the ceasefire will not last if Israel does not speedily implement the “understandings” that brought a halt to two days of bloodshed earlier this week. These included, they say, allowing funds from Qatar into Gaza, expanding the fishing zone and permitting dual-use goods to enter the Hamas-ruled enclave.

Israel has not commented on the terms of the truce.

According to Palestinian sources, the Egyptian security delegation, headed by Ahmed Abdel Khaleq, who is in charge of the “Palestine portfolio” in the Egypt’s General Intelligence Service, will be meeting with leaders of several Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad.