Egypt has urged the Palestinians and Israel not to escalate the situation in Gaza after a Cairo-mediated truce came to an end, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki said on Friday.
In a press release issued on Friday, Zaki said Egypt hoped the two sides abide by calm and not escalate the situation to avoid further complications between them after the end of the ceasefire.
Egypt had been waiting to the last moment for the two sides to claim their adherence to the six-month truce that went into effect on June 19 this year, but both of them failed to do that at last, said the spokesman.
The Israeli side should show more flexibility in reopening the crossings into the Gaza Strip and ensure the basic needs of the inhabitants of the territory, he urged.
He added that the other side should not escalate the situation either avoiding the deterioration in the territory and making the Palestinian inhabitants to pay the price of such escalations.
Four Palestinian factions, including Hamas movement, the Islamic Jihad (Holy War), the Popular Front to Liberate Palestine (PFLP) and the Democratic Front to Liberate Palestine (DFLP), decided on Thursday not to renew a six-month truce reached with Israel, scheduled to end on Friday, saying Israel is responsible for the end.
Egypt has brokered the truce between Gaza armed groups and Israel, which became into effect in June 19, in condition that Israel reopens Gaza crossings and refrain from carrying out military operations into the Gaza Strip, and Gaza militant groups stop launching rockets on Israel.