Abbas to meet with Hamas head in Qatar Thursday
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Abbas to meet with Hamas head in Qatar Thursday

PA president will also meet with Qatari emir to discuss latest developments in Cairo and Gaza

In this file photo provided on Nov. 24, 2011, by the office of Khaled Mashaal, Hamas leader Mashaal, left, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are seen together during a meeting in Cairo, Egypt. (photo credit: AP/Office of Khaled Meshaal)
In this file photo provided on Nov. 24, 2011, by the office of Khaled Mashaal, Hamas leader Mashaal, left, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are seen together during a meeting in Cairo, Egypt. (photo credit: AP/Office of Khaled Meshaal)

DOHA, Qatar — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will travel to Doha on Wednesday and hold talks the next day with the emir of Qatar and Hamas exiled leader Khaled Mashaal, the Palestinian ambassador in Qatar said.

Abbas’s visit to Qatar was initially announced for Monday by Palestinian officials who are in Cairo for indirect talks with Israel on a lasting truce in Gaza.

Abbas will on Thursday discuss separately with Mashaal and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani latest developments in the negotiations in Cairo and “aid and reconstruction” in Gaza, Palestinian ambassador Monir Ghannam told AFP.

From Doha, Ghannam said Tuesday, Abbas will travel on to Cairo as part of contacts the Palestinian leadership is staging “with all the parties concerned” in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

A new 24-hour ceasefire in Gaza will last until midnight on Tuesday under a last minute deal reached in Cairo on Monday night.

Egyptian mediators have been pushing both sides to put a decisive end to weeks of bloodshed in Gaza, but few details have emerged of the state of the negotiations given the apparently irreconcilable demands of the two sides.

Until last week, Israel and Hamas have been engaged in more than a month of fighting that left 1,980 Palestinians dead according to the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza.

Israel says 750-1,000 of the dead were Hamas and other gunmen and blames Hamas for all civilian casualties due to its tactics of attacking Israel from within the civilian population.

Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and three civilians in Israel were also killed in the fighting.

Israel launched a military campaign on July 8 to stem rocket fire from Gaza at Israel’s towns, and to locate and destroy a network of cross-border tunnels through which Hamas fighters launched attacks on Israeli soil.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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