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Latest Israel attack threatens ceasefire process – Hamas

Latest Israel attack threatens ceasefire process – Hamas

THE situation in Gaza remains perilous as the latest Israeli attacks threaten to derail ongoing ceasefire negotiations.  Hamas has issued stark warnings, stating that continued Israeli military operations in Rafah could undermine efforts to reach a temporary ceasefire. These operations have included intensive airstrikes and ground incursions targeting what Israel claims are tunnels and weapons caches used by Hamas. The humanitarian crisis in Gaza has worsened dramatically. The United Nations and other international organizations have called for an immediate ceasefire to address the catastrophic conditions faced by civilians. The UN General Assembly President highlighted the urgent need to halt hostilities…
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Hamas accepts new truce deal

Hamas accepts new truce deal

HAMAS has accepted a U.S. proposal to begin talks on releasing Israeli hostages, including soldiers and men, 16 days after the first phase of an agreement aimed at ending the Gaza war. A senior Hamas source, speaking anonymously to Reuters, revealed that the militant group has dropped its demand for Israel to commit to a permanent ceasefire before signing the agreement. Reuters reports that Hamas would allow negotiations for a permanent ceasefire throughout the six-week first phase of the agreement. The news agency cites a Palestinian official close to the peace efforts, who suggested this proposal could lead to a…
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Algeria proposes UN action to ‘stop killing in Rafah’

Algeria proposes UN action to ‘stop killing in Rafah’

ALGERIA proposed a draft U.N. Security Council resolution that demands a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, the release of all hostages held by Hamas and essentially orders Israel to "immediately halt its military offensive" in Rafah. Algeria's U.N. Ambassador Amar Bendjama said earlier on Tuesday - after a closed-door meeting of the 15-member U.N. security body on Gaza - that the move aimed to "stop the killing in Rafah." Algeria is a council member for 2024/25. The Algerian draft text, seen by Reuters, uses the strongest Security Council language - it "decides that Israel, the occupying Power, shall immediately halt its military…
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World Court orders Israel to halt Gaza famine; Hamas says ceasefire needed

World Court orders Israel to halt Gaza famine; Hamas says ceasefire needed

THERE was no immediate comment from Israel's Foreign Ministry on the World Court ruling. Israel has said it is making efforts to expand access for humanitarian groups to Gaza overland, through airdrops and by ship. Israeli leaders have said Hamas can end the war by surrendering, freeing all hostages it holds in Gaza and handing over for trial those involved in the October 7 attack. The Israeli army said it continued to operate around the Al Shifa Hospital complex in Gaza City after storming it more than a week ago. Its forces had killed around 200 gunmen since the start…
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UN Security Council demands ceasefire amid Israeli airstrikes

UN Security Council demands ceasefire amid Israeli airstrikes

THE United Nations Security Council demanded an immediate ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas as Israeli forces carried out new airstrikes in Gaza and laid siege to two hospitals. After vetoing three earlier draft council resolutions on the war in the Gaza Strip, Israel's main ally, the United States, abstained in the vote following global pressure for a ceasefire to ease fears of famine after nearly six months of war. Hamas welcomed the resolution, which also demanded the unconditional release of all hostages seized by the militant group in its deadly October 7 raid on southern Israel.…
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Biden: Israel agrees to halt military activity over Ramadan, risks losing world support

Biden: Israel agrees to halt military activity over Ramadan, risks losing world support

U.S. President Joe Biden said Israel has agreed not to engage in military activities during Ramadan in the Gaza Strip, where it is at war with Hamas militants, and said the Jewish state risked losing support from the rest of the world as Palestinians die in high numbers. Biden, who made his remarks during an appearance on NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers," said Israel had committed to making it possible for Palestinians to evacuate from Rafah in Gaza's south before intensifying its campaign there to destroy Hamas. Biden, whose remarks were recorded on Monday and broadcast on Tuesday, said…
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Hamas leader visits Egypt amid intensive talks on new ceasefire

Hamas leader visits Egypt amid intensive talks on new ceasefire

THE leader of Hamas made his first visit to Egypt for more than a month on Wednesday, a rare personal intervention in diplomacy amid what a source described as intensive talks on a new ceasefire to let aid reach Gaza and get hostages freed. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, who normally resides in Qatar, typically intervenes in diplomacy publicly only when progress seems likely. He last travelled to Egypt in early November before the announcement of the only agreement on a ceasefire in the war so far, a week-long pause during which more than 100 hostages were released. Islamic Jihad, a…
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Sudanese warring parties throw cold water on African mediation gains

Sudanese warring parties throw cold water on African mediation gains

 THE Sudanese army and the rival paramilitary force it has been fighting for eight months have both cast doubt on an announcement by regional mediators that they had committed to a ceasefire and political dialogue. IGAD, a grouping of East African nations, has sought along with the United States and Saudi Arabia to mediate an end to the conflict which has killed more than 12,000 people, displaced more than 6.5 million, and severely hit Sudan's economy. IGAD had said on Sunday that army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Rapid Support Forces leader Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo had agreed to meet for the…
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Israel orders more evacuations in Khan Younis after US blocks Gaza ceasefire call

Israel orders more evacuations in Khan Younis after US blocks Gaza ceasefire call

ISRAEL ordered residents out of the centre of Gaza's main southern city Khan Younis and pounded the length of the enclave, after the United States wielded its U.N. Security Council veto to shield its ally from a demand for a ceasefire. Since a truce collapsed last week, Israel has expanded its ground assault into the southern half of the Gaza Strip by pushing into Khan Younis. Simultaneously, both sides have reported a surge in fighting in the north. Israel said its campaign was making progress. National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi said Israeli forces had killed at least 7,000 Hamas militants so far,…
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Islamic Jihad says it frees some hostages as truce talks proceed

Islamic Jihad says it frees some hostages as truce talks proceed

THE Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement said that it had handed over several civilian hostages as part of an exchange deal with Israel, on the final day of a two-day extension of a truce in the Gaza war. The release was overshadowed by an unconfirmed claim by Hamas, the largest militant group in Gaza, that a family of Israeli hostages, including the youngest hostage, baby Kfir Bibas, had been killed during earlier Israeli bombardment. Israeli officials said they were checking the Hamas report about the Bibas family, a very sensitive issue in Israel where the family is among the most high-profile…
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