Palestinian factions met in Egypt on Sunday to discuss reconciliation efforts amid increasing violence between Israel and Palestinians in the West Bank.
The meeting seeks to restore inter-Palestinian unity among various factions, Egypt’s official MENA news agency reported.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chaired the meeting.
While the two main rival movements, ruling Fatah and Gaza-controlling Hamas, take part in the meeting in Egypt’s New Alamein City.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) announced beforehand it would boycott the gathering due to political arrests of its members by the Palestinian Authority headed by Abbas.
The gathering brokered by Egypt came amid soaring violence in the West Bank.
Earlier in July, Israeli raids on the Jenin refugee camp killed at least 12 Palestinians and wounded more than 150.
The Palestinian embassy noted that Abbas and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi will meet on Monday.
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Egypt, which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, has been sponsoring meetings between Palestinian factions for years.
This is in addition to brokering truces between armed Palestinian movements and Israel.
Egypt has repeatedly reiterated its position that supports the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
This position is in accordance with the internationally recognised two-state solution. (Xinhua)
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