Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi met with delegations of Egyptian negotiators this Sunday to consolidate the ceasefire that began last Friday between the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and Israel.
Egypt has acted as a mediator from the start of the escalation of the confrontations and, following the ceasefire, the country’s president, Abdelfatá al Sisi, ordered that diplomatic activities be stepped up to ensure a permanent cessation of hostilities.
To this end, the President has ordered another mission to move to Tel Aviv in order to have a dialogue with the Israeli side. The delegation in Israel was led by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry, who agreed with his Israeli counterpart “on the importance of coordination between the two nations, the Palestinian Authority and international partners to ensure communication channels to achieve peace,” the note of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, which was collected by ‘Yedioth Aharonoth’
During the meeting with Abbas, which was picked up by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa, both sides discussed developments related to the ceasefire in Gaza, Jerusalem and the West Bank, as well as the coordination of reconstruction efforts in the enclave.
The meeting with the Egyptian delegation was also attended by the Minister for Civil Affairs, Hussein al-Sheikh, and the Head of the Palestinian General Intelligence Service, Majid Faraj.
On the other hand, the arrest of nine people was known on Saturday the day after the last clashes between Palestinian protesters and the Israeli police on the esplanade of the mosques in Jerusalem after the ceasefire was declared on Friday.
Wafa said five Palestinians were arrested in the Occupied Territory of East Jerusalem and the Old City of Jerusalem, while another four were taken to police near the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
According to the Palestinian emergency services, a total of 15 people had to be treated for the effects of rubber bullets fired by the Israeli police. For their part, Israeli agents condemned the demonstrators throwing stones and at least one Molotov cocktail.