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Palestinian Delegation to Leave Cairo Sunday if Israel Refuses to Resume Talks - Reports

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Palestinian delegation, which arrived in Cairo for Gaza talks, said it will leave Egypt’s capital Sunday, if Israel does not express readiness to return to negotiations on ceasefire under the existing conditions, Reuters has reported Saturday citing the head of the delegation Azzam Ahmed.

MOSCOW, August 10 (RIA Novosti) - Palestinian delegation, which arrived in Cairo for Gaza talks, said it will leave Egypt’s capital Sunday, if Israel does not express readiness to return to negotiations on ceasefire under the existing conditions, Reuters has reported Saturday citing the head of the delegation Azzam Ahmed.

«Tomorrow we have a meeting with the Egyptian leadership in the morning and on the basis of that we will decide our future plan. We will leave Cairo tomorrow if it is confirmed to us that they [Israel] will not return except with conditions," Ahmed was quoted by Reuters as saying.

It was reported earlier that Palestinian militants had resumed attacks against Israel launching more than ten rockets after a three-day ceasefire in the Gaza strip came to an end on Friday morning. Israel responded with renewed Gaza shelling and withdrew from the ceasefire negotiations in Cairo.

Fighting between Israel and Hamas militants, not abating for a month, has claimed the lives of about 1,900 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 67 Israeli citizens.

International efforts have been launched to make the two sides come to terms with each other and broker a longer-lasting truce.

The latest ceasefire was the longest lull in the fighting. Hamas refused to extend the ceasefire after Egypt-mediated talks in Cairo on a new border deal for the coastal strip hit a snag. The Palestinians wanted Israel to agree to demands, including an end to the long-standing Gaza blockade.

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