Egypt has invited a delegation of Hamas members for consultations in a bid to alleviate growing tensions along the restive Gaza Strip border. Over...

Egypt has invited a delegation of Hamas members for consultations in a bid to alleviate growing tensions along the restive Gaza Strip border. Over the past month, Israel and Hamas have been engaged in a low-intensity conflict, marked by rocket fire emanating from the Palestinian enclave, Israeli retaliatory strikes on terrorist infrastructure in the territory, as well as ongoing violent “March of Return” protests along the frontier. This, despite a loose cease-fire agreed to by the sides in May that averted full-blown war. Most analysts believe that neither Israel nor Hamas are keen on a further escalation, with the former having permitted Qatar over the weekend to distribute tens of millions of dollars in cash to some 100,000 families in the Palestinian territory with a view toward easing the humanitarian situation there. For its part, Hamas has distanced itself from numerous attacks against Israel, which include multiple attempts by armed Palestinians to infiltrate the Jewish state. Members of Gaza-based Iranian proxy Islamic Jihad were also expected to head to Cairo in the coming days.

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