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Abbas discussed Gaza ceasefire proposal with Hamas official

An Egyptian initiative has so far failed to halt more than a week of warfare in Gaza

Abbas discussed Gaza ceasefire proposal with Hamas official

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Hamas political official Moussa Abu Marzouk on Wednesday in Cairo to discuss an Egyptian initiative that has so far failed to halt more than a week of warfare in Gaza, Egypt's state news agency MENA said.

The talks were the first concrete sign that efforts to reach a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants were still active despite the collapse a day earlier of a proposed mutual "de-escalation" of violence.