Middle East

Kerry in Egypt Tuesday to push Gaza truce

Israeli soldiers scuffle with a Palestinian protester during a protest against the Israeli air strikes in Gaza strip, at Hawara checkpoint near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus July14, 2014. (REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini)

CAIRO: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is to visit Egypt Tuesday as pressure piles on Israel and Hamas to end a week-long conflict in Gaza, Egyptian state media reported.

The U.S. top diplomat telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday to renew an offer to help broker a halt to fighting that has killed at least 175 Palestinians in the past seven days.

Both Israel and Hamas have signaled they were not yet ready to discuss cease-fire terms, as Israel bombards the Gaza Strip and Hamas fighters fire rockets into the Jewish state.

"Kerry will visit Egypt tomorrow, Tuesday, to conduct talks with senior officials," the official MENA news agency reported.

It said Kerry had spoken with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukri by phone Sunday about the raging conflict in Gaza.





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