Palestinians planning their own peace talks in Cairo — just after John Kerry leaves town

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A delegation of Palestinian officials, expected to include Hamas members, is to meet with Egyptian leaders in Cairo to discuss reviving a weeks-old ceasefire plan originally rejected by Hamas, news media in the region reported.

News of the meeting, to be held without American interlocutors, comes as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is under fire for his eroding influence over the Gaza Strip conflict that has killed more than 1,100 Palestinians and 53 soldiers.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas formed the delegation, senior advisor Mohammad Shtayyeh told CNN over the weekend. The Cairo meeting is expected to see Hamas and PA officials discuss a ceasefire plan with moderators from Egypt, where the proposal originated on July 14, the Times of Israel reported.

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