Israeli tanks manoeuvre outside the northern Gaza Strip July 18, 2014. REUTERS/ Ronen Zvulun
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Egypt renewed its call for a truce to end the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza on Friday and France asked Qatar to use its influence with the Palestinian movement to reach a ceasefire.An earlier Cairo initiative was accepted by Israel but rejected by Hamas.Egypt, which has brokered ceasefires in previous Israeli-Palestinian flare-ups, sees Hamas as a security threat because it is an offshoot of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, which was removed from power by the Egyptian army last year.Shukri has said Hamas could have saved Palestinian lives if it had accepted the first initiative presented by Egypt.Fabius meets the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday before travelling to Jordan and Israel to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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