Egypt is stepping up efforts to reach an agreement to stop the escalation and violent fighting between the Palestinian factions and Israel, amid ongoing international calls for a cease-fire.
Ambulances evacuating injured Palestinians to Egypt for treatment arrive at the Rafah border crossing with the neighboring country, in the southern Gaza Strip, May 17, 2021. - Said Khatib/AFP via Getty Images
An Egyptian official and a Hamas official told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity that Cairo is continuing its daily calls with the fighting parties, in an attempt to reach some form of cease-fire — but no such breakthrough has been made yet.
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