Kerry heads to Cairo; sharpens criticism of Hamas

Kerry heads to Cairo; sharpens criticism of Hamas

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is stepping up efforts to forge a truce between Israel & the militant Hamas movement by sending Secretary of State John Kerry to the Middle East to bolster regional efforts to reach a cease-fire.

The State Department said Kerry would leave early Monday for Egypt where he will join diplomatic efforts for a truce.

Cairo has offered a cease-fire plan that is backed by the U.S. & Israel. But Hamas has rejected the Egyptian plan & is relying on governments in Qatar & Turkey for an alternative proposal.

p>Qatar & Turkey have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is moreover linked to Hamas yet banned in Egypt.

More than 430 Palestinians & 20 Israelis have been killed over the last two weeks.

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Source: “Associated Press”

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