CAIRO AP — Egypt and Israel held high-level talks in both countries Sunday to shore up a fragile truce between Israel and the Hamas militant group and rebuild the Gaza Strip after a punishing day war that left parts of the seaside enclave in ruins. Egypt has not said how it would be able to restart talks. The hours-long visit was the first public one by an Israeli foreign minister to Egypt since , according to the Israeli Embassy in Cairo. Human Rights Council, saying such activity damages the chances of future cooperation. Ashkenazi alleged that Palestinian war crimes complaints against Israel —filed over its military conduct since a war with Hamas and ongoing settlement construction — are an obstacle to political dialogue.
Israel strikes in Gaza after fire balloons launched
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Israel says it carried out air strikes in Gaza overnight after Palestinians launched incendiary balloons from the territory, in the first major flare-up since an day conflict last month. The Israeli military said it targeted compounds belonging to Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza. The incendiary balloons sparked 20 fires in southern Israel on Tuesday. Hamas said they were a response to a march by Israeli nationalists in occupied East Jerusalem. There were no casualties on either side and calm had been restored by Wednesday morning. It said "terrorist activity" took place in the compounds, and that the IDF was "prepared for all scenarios, including the resumption of hostilities, in the face of continued terror acts from the Gaza Strip".
EXPLAINER: Why is Gaza almost always mired in conflict?
The latest eruption of violence has raised the specter of another devastating war and once again drawn international attention to the impoverished, densely populated strip. Gaza, sandwiched between Israel and Egypt, is just 25 miles 40 kilometers long and six miles 10 kilometers wide. Large numbers of Palestinians who fled or were driven from what is now Israel ended up in Gaza, and the refugees and their descendants now number 1.
The Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Hamas de facto administration in the Gaza Strip continued to crack down on dissent, including by stifling freedoms of expression and assembly, attacking journalists and detaining opponents. Torture and other ill-treatment of detainees were committed with impunity. Women faced discrimination and violence, including killings as a result of gender-based violence. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex LGBTI people continued to face discrimination and lacked protection. In the West Bank, authorities made widespread use of administrative detention without charge or trial.