The head of the Palestinian organization that governs Gaza Strip asserts that following several weeks of fighting in city, Hamas authorities are “approaching a truce agreement” with Israeli leaders. According to a statement sent by Ismail Haniyeh to the Reuters, the group responded to the Qatari mediators in the ongoing negotiations.
Nothing further was said in the statement. Talks focused on the duration of the truce, according to a Hamas source. Among the other elements of an expected deal are plans for the shipment of assistance into Gaza and the swap of Israeli inmates held by Hamas for Palestinian prisoners on the other side.
According to Ezzat el-Reshiq, both parties will release women and children, and specifics will be disclosed by Doha, the main mediator of the talks. According to el-Reshiq, the deal would cover a truce, plans for relief trucks to feed every part of Gaza, and the movement of sick people to other nations for medical care.
The same source claimed that the Israeli party was holding up the accord, pointing out that the warring parties had been in discussions for weeks. According to the Hamas source, phone conversations were used to reach an agreement between all of the Gaza battalions. “When it comes to making political decisions or fighting on the battlefield, we are always one.”
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A top Hamas leader stated in statements cited by Israel‘s Walla news website that the accord would forbid Israeli planes from operating in Gaza during the ceasefire.
For weeks, there has been speculation of an impending agreement with hostages. In return for a temporary truce, Qatari negotiators attempted to reach a deal between the two sides to exchange prisoners for hostages. It is anticipated to increase the amount of emergency supplies sent to Gaza residents.
After four unsuccessful initiatives to react to the Israel-Hamas war, the UNSC last week issued a resolution asking for “urgent and extended humanitarian pauses and corridors throughout the Gaza Strip”. The measure means to enable for the shipment of assistance and medical emergency evacuations.
The resolution also urged the introduction of “corridors throughout the Gaza Strip for a sufficient number of days” to uphold the security of non-military groups, children in specific, Ambassador Vanessa Frazier asserted in the Council.
The UN Secretary-General stated yesterday that since taking office six years ago, the number of civilian deaths in Gaza has been “unparalleled and unprecedented” when compared to previous conflicts.
During the presentation of a new UN environment research, Guterres stated, “What is clear is that we have had thousands of children killed in a few weeks, so this is what matters.”
Reports form the Gazan Ministry of Health says that ever since Tel Aviv began its air and ground onslaught against Gaza following the October 7 strikes by Hamas, more than 13,000 Palestinians—roughly 5,600 children and 3,500 women—have died across the city.