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Blinken visits Middle East to bolster Israel-Hamas cease-fire

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo and Amman this week for discussions on maintaining the fragile cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is headed to the Middle East to build on a cease-fire that ended the worst fighting in years between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip. 

“Following up on our quiet, intensive diplomacy to bring about a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, I have asked my secretary of state, Tony Blinken, to travel to the Middle East this week,” President Joe Biden announced in a statement early Monday morning.

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