World Bulletin/News Desk
Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed on Sunday the developments in the Gaza Strip and efforts to bring about a long-range ceasefire in the embattled Palestinian enclave, Qatar's official QNA news agency reported.
The conversation is the first between the two officials since the expiry of a three-day ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian factions on Friday, which followed a month of relentless Israeli attacks on the blockaded enclave.
The agency did not provide further details on the conversation.
Palestinian and Israeli negotiators had held indirect talks in Cairo for the past days with the aim of reaching a long-term ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, but the talks have failed to bear fruit.
Israel resumed its airstrikes on the Gaza Strip on Friday as talks came to a halt following the expiry of the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.
At least 1918 Palestinians were killed in relentless Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip since July 7. Around 10000 Palestinians have also been injured.
Israel claims that the offensive aims to undermine rocket-fire capabilities by Gaza-based Palestinian factions.
According to Israeli figures, at least 64 soldiers have been killed in battles with Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip and three civilians by rocket fire.Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Ağustos 2014, 12:48