Israeli Envoy in Egypt for Cease-Fire Talks

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian security officials say a senior Israeli official has arrived in Cairo for talks on reaching a cease-fire to end an Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip.

The officials said the official arrived at Cairo's airport and was immediately rushed away from the tarmac into talks. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity under security guidelines, did not identify the Israeli.

Israeli officials declined comment.

Egypt has been leading international efforts to broker a truce to end five days of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza.

Nabil Shaath, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who was in Cairo, confirmed the Israeli's arrival. He says there are "serious attempts to reach a cease-fire."

Meanwhile, Palestinian militants fired at least one more long-range rocket at Tel Aviv for a fourth consecutive day. Israel continues to strike back, hitting two media centers in the Gaza Strip and warning that targets include military commanders of the territory's Hamas rulers.


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