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Blinken to visit Israel, West Bank on May 26-27

Source : 112 Ukraine

Blinken's visit to the Middle East will be part of Washington's efforts to build on the Gaza truce
11:00, 23 May 2021

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday 26 May and Thursday 27 May. This is reported by Reuters.

Blinken's visit to the Middle East will be part of Washington's efforts to build on the Gaza truce. US, Israeli and Palestinian officials have not published Blinken’s full itinerary. The State Department announced his visit on Thursday, saying he would “discuss recovery efforts and working together to build better futures for Israelis and Palestinians”.

Related: Israel has no time frame for end of military actions in Gaza Strip

Blinken’s Middle East trip would include visit to Egypt, which mediated the Gaza truce between Israel and Hamas-led Palestinian militants, as well as to Jordan, the source said.

The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza appeared to be holding as of early Friday morning, after the two sides fought for 11 days. The ceasefire began at 2:00 a.m. local time on Friday.

The cease-fire was brokered by Egypt. Two Egyptian delegations will travel to Tel Aviv and the Palestinian territories to observe implementation of the truce.

In addition to Israel and Hamas, the cease-fire also included Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the second-most-powerful armed group in Gaza.

Palestinians in Gaza broke out in celebration following the truce, waving flags and shooting guns into the air. Similar celebrations occurred in the West Bank.

Related: About 140 Ukrainians express desire to return from Gaza Strip

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