Gaza flare-up threatens Egyptian-led negotiations

Source: Middle East Institute 

Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk

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Almost a year of tentative truce-building by Egypt and the UN was given a sharp kick in the teeth on Sunday when an Israeli covert operation in the Gaza Strip went wrong, leading to an exchange of gunfire between Israeli ground and air personnel and members of Hamas’ armed faction, the Izzedine al-Qassam brigades.

The situation is particularly distressing because the year of negotiations had appeared to be bearing some fruit. Egypt has been negotiating with Israel and, in significantly more delicate and challenging talks, both the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Ramallah and Hamas in Gaza.


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