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Pro-Palestine protesters joined at Monument of Revolution in protest of the Israeli military strikes on Gaza, that has left at least 140 persons killed and support Palestinian people on the 73th anniversary of Nakba Day. On May 15, 2021 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Eyepix/NurPhoto) (Photo by Eyepix / NurPhoto / NurPhoto via AFP)

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Sisi and Biden talk de-escalation in Palestinian Territories

Cairo, Egypt | AFP, May 21 – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi spoke to Joe Biden Thursday, the first call since the US president took office, discussing how to end the conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants.

“The call exchanged views on stopping the violence and escalation in the Palestinian Territories,” a statement from Egypt’s presidency said.

Cairo has sought to mediate a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas since violence escalated on May 10.

Sisi pledged $500 million towards reconstruction efforts in the blockaded enclave earlier in this week.

He also ordered the opening of the Rafah border crossing  — the enclave’s only border point not controlled by Israel — to allow wounded Gazans to be treated in Egyptian hospitals and to deliver aid.

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