Egyptian mediators work to shore up cease-fire

Egyptian mediators work to shore up cease-fire.

An Egyptian diplomat says that two teams of Egyptian mediators are in Israel and the Palestinian territories to continue talks on consolidating a ceasefire agreement and ensuring a long-term calm.

The diplomat said Saturday’s discussions include the implementation of agreed measures in Gaza and Jerusalem, including ways to prevent the practices that led to the latest fighting.

The official did not elaborate. He was reportedly referring to the violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the planned eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the behind-the-scenes deliberations.

The ceasefire went into effect on Friday. The 11-day war left more than 250 dead, the vast majority Palestinians, and caused widespread devastation in the already impoverished Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

The diplomat also said Israel has given Gaza fishermen the green light to return to the sea on Saturday as part of the ceasefire agreement.

Egyptian delegations arrived in Israel and the Palestinian territories on Friday, according to Egypt’s official MENA news agency. Delegations met with Palestinian factions in Gaza directly after their arrival, MENA reported.

Hussein Sheikh, a top aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, tweeted that one of the Egyptian delegations planned to hold talks with Palestinian leaders in Ramallah on Saturday.

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