Palestinians inspect the rubble of a house after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
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Having crushed the Muslim Brotherhood, Cairo's new government has taken a back seat as Israel pounds Hamas, the Egyptian movement's Islamist allies across the border in Gaza, analysts said.Egypt, which has a peace treaty with Israel, brokered a 2012 truce between it and Hamas that favored the militants, the Palestinian branch of now ousted President Mohammad Morsi's Brotherhood. Morsi himself is being tried on charges of having colluded with Hamas to plot attacks inside Egypt, which has blacklisted both the Brotherhood and Hamas.Hamas demands that Israel respect the terms of the 2012 ceasefire, which relaxed a blockade on Gaza in place since 2006, when Palestinian militants kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.Egypt has regularly closed the crossing since Hamas ousted the Fatah forces of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas from Gaza in 2007, saying it would permanently reopen it if Abbas's representatives return.
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