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Egypt's PM, security officials to visit Gaza on Friday

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 15 Nov 2012 16:59 GMT
Author: Reuters
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CAIRO, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Egypt's prime minister and security officials will make a one-day visit to Gaza on Friday in a show of support for the Palestinian enclave after several days of shelling by Israeli forces, a cabinet source told Reuters.

"Prime Minister Hisham Kandil will visit, along with security officials, the Gaza Strip on Friday for a day's visit to meet with officials there and show solidarity with the Palestinian people," the cabinet official said, adding that details of the visit would be released later.

A security source told Reuters that Egypt's intelligence chief, General Mohamed Rafaat Shehata, would be among those visiting the strip. Presidential spokesman Yasser Ali said the minister of health and some of President Mursi's assistants would accompany the prime minister.

A Hamas rocket killed three Israelis north of Gaza on Thursday, drawing the first blood from Israel as the Palestinian death toll rose to 15 in a military showdown lurching closer to all-out war. (Writing by Marwa Awad; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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