Bloody clashes continued between Israel and Islamic militants in Gaza Friday, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tried to hammer out a cease-fire deal to end the deadly violence.
Kerry met twice Friday in Cairo with United Nation chief Ban Ki-Moon and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri to negotiate an agreement for at least a week-long halt of the fighting between Israel and Hamas in the nearly three-week war.
Two diplomats close to the negotiations said a deal had not yet been reached but spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be named.
Secretary Kerry has been on the phone all morning, and he will remain in close touch with leaders in the region over the course of the morning as he continues work on achieving a ceasefire,'' a senior U.S. State Department official in Cairo told Reuters.
Kerry has proposed a two-stage plan that would first impose the week-long truce, and then negotiations would begin between Israelis and Palestinians on the main political, economic, and security concerns in Gaza. Other nations would also attend the meetings, the New York Times reported.
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