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Egypt Tries To Salvage Israel-Hamas Cease-fire

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August 18, 2014 AT 9:40 AM
With a deadline just hours away, Egyptian mediators shuttled between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in hopes of salvaging a long-term cease-fire arrangement that would allow reconstruction of the Gaza Strip following a monthlong war that killed more than 2,000 people. In an apparent attempt to pressure Hamas, Egypt said it would co-host an international fundraising conference for Gaza, but only if a deal is reached. Israel, meanwhile, said in recent months it had arrested nearly 100 Hamas operatives in the West Bank in an alleged plot to topple Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.