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Sisi warns against Gaza ‘escalation’

Sisi’s spokesman said Cairo was in touch with both sides after the president met Mideast Quartet envoy Tony Blair in Cairo

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Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned Saturday 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.

Blair arrived in Cairo Saturday for talks on ending the violence in Gaza. The envoy, 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.

The air strikes are in response to Hamas rocket fire into Israel, which have not caused any deaths.