Egypt’s Sinai attacks delayed peace talks: PA official
Around 30 soldiers were killed following militant attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Friday (File/AFP)
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Resumption of talks on a permanent ceasefire with Israel has been delayed until mid-November due to the Egyptian army operation in the Sinai Peninsula, Sunday said Azzam al-Ahmad, head of the Palestinian delegation for ceasefire talks with Israel.
Al-Ahmad told WAFA that the Egyptian side, in charge of brokering the negotiations, has delayed the resumption of talks due to the ongoing military operation in the Peninsula following a deadly assault last Friday in which around 30 Egyptian soldiers were killed in a car bombing and a following armed attack.
On August 26, President Mahmoud Abbas announced an end to a 50-day ruthless Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, following serious negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides in Cairo. The third Israeli aggression on Gaza resulted in the killing of more than 2,130 Palestinians and left more than 10 thousand injured.
Whereas the announcement declared an end to the fighting, discussion of other issues, including the establishment of an airport and a seaport in Gaza, as well as ending the tight Israeli blockade, were put off until further rounds of negotiations on a permanent ceasefire.