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Egypt's intelligence chief holds talks with Netanyahu to consolidate ceasefire - Politics - Egypt

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a news conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva Switzerland UN rights chief says Israeli strikes in Gaza may be war crimes
Noah Ferguson | 31 May, 2021, 08:08

The UN Human Rights Council is discussing a broad, global investigation into violations in the latest Israeli attacks on besieged Gaza, but also of "systematic" abuses in the Palestinian territories and inside Israel.

Ashkenazi, whose trip to Cairo was the first such visit in 13 years, said he would discuss with Egyptian officials "establishing a permanent ceasefire with Hamas", along with ways to help rebuild Gaza.

"We will discuss establishing a permanent ceasefire with Hamas, a mechanism for providing humanitarian aid & the reconstruction of Gaza with a pivotal role played by the intl".

The Egyptian foreign ministry tweeted that the ministers' talks were "part of Egypt's relentless and continued efforts to revive the peace track and to build on the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip".

The peace-building plans have come after Egypt successfully brokered a temporary ceasefire between Israel and Gaza, which killed 354 Palestinians and 12 Israelis during the weeks-long fight.

At least 230 Palestinians were killed, including 65 children and 39 women, and 1,710 people wounded, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

According to the New York-based Fox News satellite channel, the protesters urged the USA administration not allow the weapons to go through in the wake of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.

He also noted that his government was "fully committed" to repatriating Israeli prisoners held by Hamas.

Since Israel's 2014 invasion of the Gaza Strip, the Islamist group has held the bodies of Israeli soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, although Hamas has never confirmed their deaths. The agency, which is Egypt's equivalent of the CIA, usually handles Egypt's ties with Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups in Gaza.

Israel is meanwhile holding more than 5,000 Palestinians in its jails.

Egypt has allocated $500 million for the reconstruction.

Hamas has pledged not to touch "a single cent" of worldwide aid to rebuild Gaza.

The statement said Kamel was delegated by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to meet and hold talks with Netanyahu.

After visiting Israel this week, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Axios that he warned Israeli leaders that forcing more Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem or future confrontations at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound could fuel further "tension, conflict, and war".

Canada will provide $25 million to Palestinian civilians affected by the recent conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians in Gaza Strip and the West Bank, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

"Today's shameful decision is yet another example of the UN Human Rights Council's blatant anti-Israel obsession", Netanyahu said in a statement.

It said it would also look at the "underlying root causes of recurrent tensions and instability, including systematic discrimination" in the occupied Palestinian Territories and inside Israel.

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