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Palestinians Threaten to Quit Israel-less Peace Talks

The Israelis say they won't return to the Egyptian-brokered negotiations unless violence stops on the border with Gaza.

Palestianians are threatening to quit Egyptian-brokered peace negotiations unless Israel returns to the talks — a prospect that the Israelis say won’t happen unless violence subsides along the border with Gaza. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said he saw "very slim" chances of success in efforts to renew a three-day truce that stopped the fighting last Tuesday, only to see the tensions pick up again Friday.

An Israeli air strike killed a Palestinian man and wounded seven others Sunday, medics said, in a third day of renewed fighting that has jeopardized international efforts to achieve a lasting ceasefire in a more than month-old Gaza conflict. The Palestinian death toll has risen to nearly 1,900 since the July 8 launch of Israel's offensive to quell a surge of Palestinian rocket fire into Israel. Gaza officials said most of the Palestinians killed were civilians. Israel said 64 of its soldiers and three civilians have died in the fighting.



— Reuters