Egypt calls for open-ended Gaza ceasefire

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has called for an open-ended cease-fire in Gaza, urging the Palestinians and Israel to return to indirect talks.

The foreign ministry statement Saturday came shortly after Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

A temporary cease-fire collapsed earlier this week, bringing the Cairo talks so a halt. More than 2,090 Palestinians, including close to 500 children, have been killed since the war began on July 8.

Israel has lost 64 soldiers and four civilians, including a 4-year-old boy killed by a mortar shell Friday.

The war has caused widespread destruction in Gaza, leaving some 100,000 people homeless.

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