Gaza violence: Blair arrives in Cairo for talks

2014-07-12 14:10
Special Envoy to the Middle East Tony Blair listens to questions during a media conference in Brussels. (Virginia Mayo, AP)

Special Envoy to the Middle East Tony Blair listens to questions during a media conference in Brussels. (Virginia Mayo, AP)

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Cairo - Mideast Quartet envoy Tony Blair arrived in Cairo on Saturday for talks on ending the violence in Gaza, where Israeli air raids have killed more than 125 Palestinians this week, officials said.

Blair, who represents the European Union, Russia, United Nations and United States, will hold talks with Egyptian officials to press for an end to the conflict.

Despite international concern, truce efforts have been unsuccessful, according to Egypt, which had been key in mediating previous ceasefires between Hamas and Israel.

The Egyptian government, under new President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has adopted a hands-off approach towards the conflict in Gaza amid deteriorating ties with Hamas.
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