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Israeli Prime Minister on first official visit to Egypt in more than a decade

Egypt has often mediated between Hamas and Israel in their four wars, the most recent in May, when it negotiated a ceasefire that largely ended the fighting. Egypt has tried to make it a long-term truce, but those efforts seem to have run into problems in recent weeks. Hamas demanded the lifting of the blockade, which devastated Gaza’s economy. Israel wants Hamas to free two captive Israeli civilians and return the remains of two soldiers killed in a 2014 war.


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