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Blair arrives in Cairo for talks over Gaza violence

Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish fire at U.N. storehouse after an Israeli military strike in an area west of Gaza City on July 12, 2014.(AFP/Mahmud Hams)

CAIRO: Mideast Quartet envoy Tony Blair arrived in Cairo Saturday for talks on ending the violence in Gaza, where Israeli air raids have killed more than 125 Palestinians this week, officials said.

Blair, who represents the European Union, Russia, United Nations and United States, will hold talks with Egyptian officials to press for an end to the conflict.

Despite international concern, truce efforts have been unsuccessful, according to Egypt, which had been key in mediating previous cease-fires between Hamas and Israel.

The Egyptian government, under new President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, has adopted a hands-off approach towards the conflict in Gaza amid deteriorating ties with Hamas.

 

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