Egypt President Sisi says in talks with Palestinians, Israel

CAIRO- On Wednesday Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged Israel and the Palestinians to restrain themselves of any further steps that could lead to more Palestinian deaths, after Monday’s deadly violence on the Gaza-Israel border.

After the deadly attacks Israel has come increasing international pressure after their border forces on Monday killed about 60 Palestinians protesting against the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem.

Sisi said, “I hope that this message reaches our Palestinian brothers that self-expression and protest over this decision does not lead them to measures that could lead to more victims,”

Sisi added, “On the other side, I hope that the Israelis understand that the Palestinian reactions towards this issue are legitimate and that they deal with it with extreme care over the lives of Palestinians.”

He said these comments during a live youth conference on state TV, he discussed Egypt’s role in the conflict, he stated the country’s efforts for peace and that they have communication for both sides, “so this bloodshed would stop.”

Sisi stated that he had  previously warned that move by the US embassy to Jerusalem “will have negative implications in the Arab and Muslim public opinion”.

Over 100 Palestinians have been killed in the past several weeks, mainly from Israeli sniper fire.

Arab foreign ministers will host an “extraordinary” meeting Thursday in Cairo to discuss their future steps over the issue.

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