Palestinians look for survivors under the rubble of the al-Bakri family home destroyed by an Israeli strike in Gaza City August 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
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Palestinian groups, including representatives from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, held their first formal meeting in Cairo Monday with Egyptian mediators hoping to pave the way towards a durable cease-fire agreement with Israel.It was not clear how far the talks would progress, however, after Israel declined to send its envoys as scheduled.A U.S.-U.N-brokered cease-fire proposal broke down within two hours Friday, with Israel and Hamas trading blame.Israel has confirmed that 64 soldiers have died in combat, while Palestinian shelling has also killed three civilians in Israel.
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