US Envoy for Middle East Resigns amid Tension

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Martin Indyk, chief US negotiator for Israeli-Palestinian talks, resigned, State Department officials say.

US Envoy for Middle East Resigns amid Tension

The US Middle East peace envoy resigned after the two sides failed to meet their goal of reaching a comprehensive peace agreement.

Indyk's resignation was widely expected. He will return to the Washington-based Brookings Institution think-tank, a US official told Reuters.

The announcement of the resignation comes against the backdrop of renewed tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories.

An Israeli air raid killed two Palestinians and critically wounded a third in the Gaza Strip, medical officials in the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory said.

The attack targeted a car travelling along a coastal road near a beach refugee camp in Gaza, Reuters reported quoting witnesses.

In earlier violence on Friday, several Palestinians were wounded by Israeli tank fire near the southern part of the Israel-Gaza border, medical officials and the Israeli army said.

They included an 11-year-old boy who was in serious condition.



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