x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Regional powers seek way to stem violence in Gaza

Egypt to hold talks with Qatar, Turkey and Hamas over Israeli military campaign in the Palestinian enclave.

CAIRO // Egypt has been working to reinstate a truce between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas in Gaza, after an informal truce brokered by Cairo broke down.

Israel launched a massive air campaign on Wednesday with the declared aim of deterring Hamas from launching cross-border rocket salvoes that have plagued southern Israel for years.

"Egypt's presidency will meet today with Meshaal, Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the situation in Gaza," the presidential source said.

He said it would be a meeting of all four leaders.

Mr Erdogan, who arrived in Egypt earlier on Saturday, has been an outspoken critic of Israel, while Qatar's emir visited Gaza in October, breaking the isolation of the Palestinian group.