Al-Sisi to Abbas: Egypt would exert efforts to reach an immediate ceasefire
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas spoke to regional powerbroker Egypt about the Gaza crisis on Tuesday.


Under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Cairo has tightened closures on the Egyptian-Gaza border, increasing economic pressure on Hamas from a long-running Israeli blockade.


"Sisi stressed Egypt was interested in the safety of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and sparing this grave assault," a statement from Abbas's office said, adding that Cairo would "exert efforts to reach an immediate ceasefire".