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Egypt source: Cairo did not ask Palestinian factions to sign a truce

August 25, 2023 at 2:30 pm

Israeli army close all entrances and exits to Al Khalil following the attack, in which one settler is killed and another injured, in Hebron, occupied West Bank on August 22, 2023 [Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency]

A high-ranking Egyptian source spoke with the Palestinian news website Dunia Al-Watan about the details of the Egyptian efforts for de-escalation in the Palestinian territories, as Israeli threats to strike the resistance continue.

The source, who preferred not to be named, denied that Cairo had asked any Palestinian faction to sign a truce or ceasefire agreement.

The source stressed that Egypt’s role is to work to achieve calm, and urged the parties not to escalate, denying that Egypt conveyed messages from Israel or put pressure on the Palestinian factions.

Israeli media had reported earlier that Egypt asked Hamas and the Islamic Jihad movements to sign an agreement regarding their intervention in the West Bank, which was denied by the Egyptian source.

Israeli settler attacks have increased in the occupied West Bank leading to greater resistance from Palestinians against the occupation.

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