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Egyptians Talking Cease-Fire With Palestinian Militants

An Egyptian delegation has begun a series of meetings in Gaza with representatives from several Palestinian militant groups, including Hamas, in an effort to negotiate a cease-fire with Israel, Palestinian sources told CNN. The Egyptians also will encourage the groups to cooperate with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, the sources said. The delegation met first with top Palestinian Authority security officials on Sunday before meeting with representatives militant groups, including Hamas, according to Palestinian sources. The Egyptians planned to meet separately with Hamas spiritual leader Sheik Ahmad Yassin, the sources said. Members of Hamas met Friday night with officials of the Palestinian Authority, including Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, according to the sources. Hamas, a Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist organization, is labeled a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department. The group’s military wing has acknowledged terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and military personnel. Full Story

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