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Egypt, Qatar, Israel Discuss Truce, Reconstruction in Gaza

Egypt, Qatar, Israel Discuss Truce, Reconstruction in Gaza

Wednesday, 19 January, 2022 - 08:15
Palestinian girls carry empty containers in the town of Beit Lahia, Gaza Strip. (AFP)

Qatar and Egypt resumed talks with Israel and Hamas officials on Tuesday with an aim to push forward the truce agreement in the Gaza Strip, following weeks of tensions, sources revealed.

Qatari ambassador Mohammed Al-Emadi held talks with Israeli officials, informed Palestinian sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.

His visit is expected to last several days.

Emadi will tackle means to push forward the truce agreement and discuss the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, including accelerating work on the Qatari projects and introducing other facilities to the enclave.

Israel's Reshet Kan channel said a delegation of senior Egyptian officers had also arrived in Tel Aviv to hold talks with their Israeli counterparts.

“The meeting between the two sides focused on Gaza's reconstruction, in addition to efforts to advance the issue of prisoners,” it reported.

Cairo is in close contact with Israel and Hamas concerning Gaza, as it is the sponsor of a ceasefire agreement reached last May between the two sides to end the fighting in the Strip.

The United Nations and Qatar had also joined as mediators.

While in Gaza, Emadi is expected to meet head of the Hamas movement, Yahya Sinwar, and other officials and factions.

Three weeks ago, Hamas members launched rockets into the Mediterranean Sea off central Israel, prompting Israel to carry out airstrikes on their positions in Gaza.

Egypt intervened, pushing Israel and Palestinian fighters to rein in hostilities and return to the ceasefire.

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