July 29th, 2013
03:09 PM ET

Mideast Peace Talks Begin Tonight

Hope and fear across the Middle East today.

The hope? Peace talks set to begin tonight in Washington between top Israeli and Palestinian officials. (Watch above video)

The fear? The situation in Egypt becoming more volatile as the military plans to clear our pro-Morsy demonstrators from East Cairo.

In Egypt, there was more bloodshed overnight, CNN's Reza Sayah reports. In the city of Rafah, one soldier was killed and 8 wounded in an attack on a military coup. Over the weekend more than 70 Egyptians were killed in Cairo, most of them supporters of deposed President Morsy.

"This conflict is getting closer and closer to a decisive stage," he says. "You have the Muslim brotherhood and supporters of the ousted President on one side, the military back interim government on the other, they've been in a deadlock... and what could be coming is more bloodshed." Watch:

For more details on the developments in the Mideast, CNN's Chief International Correspondent Christiant Amanpour weighs in:

"So many people do have hope that this time there may be a small window of opportunity..." she ways. Watch:

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