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Egyptian delegation arrives in Israel for Gaza cease-fire talks

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A delegation from Cairo has arrived in Israel to help and try to negotiate a cease-fire in the escalating conflict in Gaza, Egyptian intelligence officials said Thursday.

Friends and relatives of Israeli soldier Omer Tabib, 21, mourn during his funeral at the cemetery in the northern Israeli town of Elyakim.
Friends and relatives of Israeli soldier Omer Tabib, 21, mourn during his funeral at the cemetery in the northern Israeli town of Elyakim, today.
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The same delegation met with Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip first and crossed into Israel by land, the two officials said on condition of anonymity.

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry said it was important for both sides to avoid escalation.
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Late Wednesday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry condemned Israeli attacks on Gaza in a phone call with his Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi.

Rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip at Israel today.
Rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip at Israel today.
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He said it was important for both sides to avoid escalation and resorting to military means, according to a readout of the call.

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Palestinians look at the remains of a tower building which was destroyed by Israeli air strikes, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza City.
Palestinians look at the remains of a tower building which was destroyed by Israeli air strikes, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza City.
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Egypt has played a mediation role between the two sides before.

With Post wires                                                                           

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