Israel`s foreign minister visits Egypt to discuss `permanent ceasefire` with Gaza

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a news conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva Switzerland

Israeli and Egyptian officials held talks in both countries Sunday aimed at bolstering the Cairo-brokered ceasefire that ended the latest deadly flare-up of violence between the Jewish state and Gaza's Hamas rulers.

Kamel, during his visit, also met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and conveyed to him a message of support from President El-Sisi.

"We will discuss establishing a permanent ceasefire with Hamas, a mechanism for providing humanitarian aid & the reconstruction of Gaza with a pivotal role played by the intl".

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry affirmed in his meeting with Gabi Ashkenazi in Cairo "the need to take into account the special sensitivity associated with East Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa Mosque and all Islamic and Christian holy sites", the Egyptian statement said.

At least 230 Palestinians were killed, including 65 children and 39 women, with 1,710 people wounded, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

Rockets and other fire from Gaza claimed 12 lives in Israel, including one child and an Arab-Israeli teenager, medics say.

According to the New York-based Fox News satellite channel, the protesters urged the United States administration not allow the weapons to go through in the wake of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.

The UN rights chief said Thursday that Israeli forces may have committed war crimes in the 11-day war with the militant group Hamas that rules the Gaza Strip.

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Since Israel's 2014 invasion of the Gaza Strip, the Islamist group has held the bodies of Israeli soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, although Hamas has never confirmed their deaths. In response, the Israeli military launched an offensive against Hamas in Gaza.

The Palestinian foreign minister, meanwhile, accused Israel of instituting "an apartheid system".

Egypt also announced the allocation of $500 million for the reconstruction of Gaza and opened many hospitals nationwide to receive injured Palestinians from Gaza.

Hamas has pledged not to touch "a single cent" of global aid to rebuild Gaza.

Sisi said the discussions aim to avoid any escalation between Israel and Palestinians, reach comprehensive calm in the West Bank and Gaza, reconstruct the strip, and "build the Palestinian human".

Referring to a special UNHRC session held the previous day, the statement said the United Nations rights body and its decision to establish a standing worldwide commission to investigate human rights violations represented global resolve to end systemic impunity and injustice and begin a process of meaningful accountability.

It said it would also look at the "underlying root causes of recurrent tensions and instability, including systematic discrimination" in the occupied Palestinian Territories and inside Israel.

Gaza's Health Ministry that has been providing the tally of Palestinians killed in the Israeli offensive did not give a breakdown between civilians and combatants.

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