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Egypt, Israel security chiefs meet

Israeli forces attack Palestinians protesting at the Gaza border on 11 September 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israeli forces attack Palestinians protesting at the Gaza border on 11 September 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

The deputy chief of the Egyptian General Intelligence Services met with the Israeli national security adviser and senior officials of the Shin Bet security service yesterday.

Ayman Badia and Meir Ben-Shabbat discussed reaching a truce in the Gaza Strip in an effort to maintain calm at the Gaza fence with Israel.

At least 205 Palestinians have been killed in the besieged Gaza Strip as Israeli occupation forces used rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas and chemicals drop by unmanned drones to disperse unarmed protesters at the Gaza fence.

The protests are being held as part of the “Great March of Return” which were launched on 30 March and saw unarmed Palestinians demanding an end to the 11-year siege on the Strip and their right to return to homes from which their families were forcibly removed in 1948 to make way for the creation of the state of Israel.

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