World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt late on Thursday invited Israel and the Palestinians to send delegations to Cairo to put their demands on the table on a Gaza Strip ceasefire in the light of a previous Egyptian ceasefire initiative.
"Egypt invites the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government to send their delegations to Cairo to discuss all issues of concern in the light of the Egyptian initiative," the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
It underlined the importance of each side's abidance by the ceasefire until the beginning of the negotiations.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said its invitation to the Palestinians and the Israelis in this regard is based on an earlier announcement by the United Nations that it received assurances from both sides that they are ready to start a 72-hour humanitarian truce in Gaza, starting from 8:00am Gaza local time (0500 GMT) on Friday.
"The invitation is also based on the Egyptian initiative, which was declared on July 14 and received backing from Arab countries and the United Nations Security Council," the Foreign Ministry said in the statement.
Israel's almost three-week campaign against the Gaza Strip had left 1440 Palestinians dead and more than 8300 others injured.
Thousands of Palestinian homes were also either totally or partially destroyed by Israel's aerial, naval and ground bombardments.
Around 53 Israeli troops were also killed in Gaza combat, while three Israeli civilians were killed by rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Ağustos 2014, 09:42