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Egypt negotiating between Israel and Gaza factions for ceasefire, diplomats say

HAARETZ.com

March 12, 2012 | 1:42 pm

An Iron Dome launcher fires an interceptor rocket near the southern city of Ashdod on Mar. 11. Photo by REUTERS/Baz Ratner

An Iron Dome launcher fires an interceptor rocket near the southern city of Ashdod on Mar. 11. Photo by REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Egyptian intelligence officials have been leading efforts to mediate between Israel and Hamas in the last few days, in order to calm the escalation on the Israel-Gaza border.

Egyptian diplomats said that there is an effort to bring about a ceasefire by Tuesday morning.

“We hope that we will succeed to reach quiet tonight,” said one Egyptian diplomat.

Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that Hamas approached Egyptian intelligence and asked to pass a message to Israel regarding the renewal of calm.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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