Egypt continues to broker Gaza truce, as Blinken heads to Israel

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Diplomatic efforts to broker a lasting peace between Israel and Hamas continued Saturday as both sides honored the ceasefire after trading rocket and missile fire for 11 days.

The Egyptian moderation delegation credited with leading the effort to stop the shelling was heading to the West Bank city of Ramallah after leaving Gaza City, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The delegation is heading for talks with Palestinian leadership, tweeted Hussein Al Sheikh, a senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

They met with Hamas leadership in Gaza on Friday.

A separate group of Egyptian diplomats is meeting with Israeli officials in Jerusalem, The Associated Press reported, for discussions that included ways to prevent further conflict that could trigger more fighting.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is now expected to arrive in the region Wednesday to try to build on the truce, the Jerusalem Post said.

The State Department said Friday Blinken would head to the region to meet with Israeli and Palestinian representatives. His full itinerary is not yet public.

Blinken is also expected to visit Egypt and Jordan, according to the Jerusalem Post.

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