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Egypt distances itself from Gaza war

Egypt is not playing an active role to mediate a cease-fire, as it has done in previous confrontations between Israel and Hamas, suggesting that it might prefer Israel delivering a blow to Hamas.
Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri attends a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (not seen) in Cairo June 22, 2014. Kerry held talks on Sunday with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo over concerns about Egypt's crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and the threat which the conflict in Iraq poses to the Middle East. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3V3Z9
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Communications between Hamas and Egypt failed to prevent another Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, with the launch of Operation Protective Edge on July 8, according to what Al-Monitor learned from well-informed sources in Gaza and Cairo.

On July 5, and prior to the current escalation, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry declared that his country is making efforts to calm the situation between Palestinians and Israel.

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