World Bulletin/News Desk
A Hamas leader has ruled out any impact on the start of indirect negotiations between Palestinians and Israel following a deadly bombing in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
"Egyptian authorities have not notified us of postponing the negotiations," Ismail Radwan told Anadolu Agency on Saturday.
He said that the new round of indirect negotiations will start on Monday in Cairo as scheduled.
At least 30 soldiers were killed Friday in a deadly bombing targeting a military checkpoint in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
Following the attack, Egypt declared a three-month state of emergency in parts of North Sinai, during which a nighttime curfew will also be imposed.
For 51 days this summer, Israel pounded the Gaza Strip – from air, land and sea – with the stated aim of ending rocket fire from the coastal enclave.
More than 2,160 Gazans, mostly civilians, were killed – and 11,000 injured – during seven weeks of unrelenting Israeli attacks in July and August.
The Israeli offensive finally ended on August 26 with the announcement of an indefinite cease-fire agreement.
Brokered in Egypt, the truce calls for reopening Gaza's border crossings with Israel, which, if implemented, would effectively end the latter's years-long blockade of the embattled territory.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Ekim 2014, 16:03