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An Israeli delegation for ceasefire talks and hostage release in Cairo

An Israeli delegation for ceasefire talks and hostage release in Cairo

Israel sent a delegation to hold further talks on a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the release of Hamas hostages Cairo sender. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement on Tuesday that the negotiating team arrived in the Egyptian capital. It has instructions to “strongly insist on the provision of the necessary conditions” to achieve the release of the hostages.

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Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant said that Israel is ready to offer a “compromise” in order to release the hostages. He added, “If this option is not available, we will intensify the operation,” referring to the military operation in the Gaza Strip.

Ceasefire in the Gaza Strip

The indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas revolve around a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the release of hostages kidnapped in the Palestinian territories. Hamas representatives last held talks with mediators from Egypt and Qatar in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, at the weekend. Initially, Israel was not represented in Cairo, and the hoped-for breakthrough did not materialize.

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The Hamas delegation left on Sunday, and Hamas announced on Monday that it had agreed to the plan of the mediator countries, Egypt and Qatar, for a ceasefire. According to a Hamas representative, it wants to set off again on Tuesday in the Qatari capital, Doha, to “conclude” the negotiations in Cairo. A senior Hamas official, who requested to remain anonymous, warned the news agency France Press agency At the same time, the ceasefire negotiations were Israel's “last chance” to release the Israeli hostages.

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Ground attack in Rafah

The Israeli government is sticking to its plans to launch a ground attack in Rafah despite strong international criticism. It called on residents of the east of the city, south of the Gaza Strip, to evacuate on Monday, and has already moved to the east of the city. This led to international warnings of a major attack in Rafah that would have dire consequences for the civilian population.

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According to a media report, the United States is preventing the delivery of precision bombs to Israel. The aim was reportedly to send a political signal POLITICO Quoted from an American representative. The bombs are made by Boeing. Data from the mentioned countries and group are currently not available. Like many other countries, Washington also expressed its opposition to the attack on Rafah.

The Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip came as a result of the unprecedented attack launched by Hamas on Israel on October 7. According to Israeli information, about 1,170 people were killed and about 250 others were taken hostage in the Gaza Strip. Subsequent Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip killed more than 34,700 people, according to figures from the Hamas-controlled Health Ministry, which cannot be independently verified.