Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Egypt delegation meets Israel officials to discuss Gaza

Egypt delegation meets Israel officials to discuss Gaza

"The #UN is working with #Egypt and its partners to avoid violence, address all humanitarian issues and support reconciliation", Mladenov tweeted.

Egyptian intelligence officials met with Hamas and Israeli officials on Thursday in efforts to broker a cease-fire and ease months of deadly border protests.

He also called on the Palestinian Authority not to disengage from Gaza and to continue working with the worldwide community to help alleviate the suffering of its people in Gaza.

It is a reality."He said that the economy of the Strip is in free fall, with unemployment of 53 percent, and 70 percent unemployment among young people.All the key indicators - humanitarian, economic, security and political - continue to deteriorate, he said.Mladenov emphasized that there is a clear and growing global consensus about the need to act to respond to the situation, above all with humanitarian initiatives, adding that reducing the humanitarian pressure on the ground will directly reduce the threat of escalation and provide space for efforts led by Egypt to return the legitimate Palestinian government to Gaza, which is now under the control of the Islamist Hamas movement".

The negotiations seek to defuse simmering tensions.

Following a rocket attack that resulted in a direct hit by a rocket on a house in Beersheva early Wednesday, the army had canceled school and restricted gatherings of more than 300 people in open areas and 500 people in closed spaces in the region.

At least 130 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli army fire during Friday's protests near border of the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Israeli sharpshooters fired on protesters who attempted to breach the border fence.

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Around 200 Palestinians have died in weekly riots that have taken place on the border since the end of March.

Some protesters launched kites and balloons equipped with crude incendiary devices across the border into southern Israel.

Friday's violence broke out despite one of the main organizers of the protests calling on participants on Thursday night to behave nonviolently in the demonstration, following a flareup between Israel and Hamas that threatened to spark all-out war.

Cairo said this was a last-ditch effort to stave off ‎a military conflict between Hamas and Israel.‎.

While thousands again gathered for the latest protests in northern Gaza, the demonstrators largely remained at least 100 metres (yards) from the border.

We will remind, this week the UN General Assembly expanded the rights of the Palestinian authority for a period of one year, and in the text of its resolution against the adoption of which is expressed in all three countries, called the PA a "State of Palestine".

Israeli soldiers are positioned as Palestinian protesters arrive during a protest along the Israel Gaza border in Israel, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.

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