Middle East

Egypt FM calls for seven-day humanitarian truce in Gaza

Arab League general secretary Nabil al-Arabi, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri and United Nations Chief Ban Ki-moon, take part in a press conference on July 25, 2014, in a hotel in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Kerry entered new meetings with UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Arab officials after Israel reportedly rejected his proposal to end the Gaza conflict. AFP PHOTO/POOL

CAIRO: Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri called on Friday for a seven-day humanitarian truce in Gaza for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday next week.

"We call for the humanitarian ceasefire ... at the end of the holy month of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr for a period of 7 days," he told reporters in Cairo at a press conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

He said more work was needed to reach a wider ceasefire agreement.





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