published Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Palestinians to quit Gaza talks if Israel no-show

Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Gaza Strip, on Aug. 10, 2014.
Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Gaza Strip, on Aug. 10, 2014.
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CAIRO — A Palestinian negotiator says his team will quit Egyptian-brokered talks on ending the Gaza war unless Israeli negotiators return to Cairo.

Israeli negotiators left Cairo on Friday. Israeli officials have said the team will not return as long as rocket fire from Gaza continues. The Israeli army says Gaza militants have fired dozens of rockets and mortar shells at Israel over the weekend, including two on Sunday morning.

Bassam Salhi, a Palestinian negotiator, says his team met with Egyptian mediators late Saturday.

He said Sunday: "We told the Egyptians that if the Israelis are not coming and if there is no significant development, we are leaving today."

The indirect talks between Israel and a Palestinian delegation that includes Hamas began last week.

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