Demonstrators hold a banner reading "Free Palestine" during a rally against the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza strip in downtown Rome. Photo: AFP
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned yesterday that escalating the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza would cost more "innocent lives," as the death toll climbed to 127 Palestinians.
Sisi's spokesman said the government was in touch with both sides after the president met Mideast Quartet envoy Tony Blair in Cairo.
"The president warned of the dangers of military escalation, and the casualties it would cause among innocent civilians," the spokesman said in a statement.
Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip killed 22 people Saturday, bringing to 127 the toll on the fifth day of violence, medics said.
Demonstrators protest in Paris to denounce the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza strip and activists gather to protest the Israeli bombing of Gaza during a rally in front of the Israeli Embassy yesterday in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP
The air strikes are in response to Hamas rocket fire into Israel, which have not caused any deaths.
Meanwhile, Mideast Quartet envoy Tony Blair arrived in Cairo yesterday for talks on ending the violence in Gaza.
Blair, who represents the European Union, Russia, United Nations and United States, will hold talks with Egyptian officials to press for an end to the conflict.
Despite international concern, truce efforts have been unsuccessful, according to Egypt, which had been key in mediating previous ceasefires between Hamas and Israel.