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Truce talks between Israel and Hamas resume in Cairo

by Gayan Abeykoon
April 1, 2024 1:03 am 0 comment

Following a setback on Monday, ceasefire discussions have commenced in Cairo between representatives of Israel and Hamas according to local Egyptian television.

Egypt, Qatar and the US are mediating the discussions, which Israel previously claimed have failed due to Hamas failing to show flexibility.

Hamas has called for all northern Gazans to return and for the release of Israeli hostages in Gaza to be dependent on IDF forces fully withdrawing from Gaza and the end of hostilities.

Israel withdrew its negotiating team on Monday after Hamas refused to accept a collection of compromises drawn up by Egypt, Qatar and the US.

On Saturday, Cairo hosted the Foreign Ministers of Jordan and France who warned Israel against carrying out a ground operation in Rafah and emphasised the need for further aid into Gaza. Speaking on X, France’s Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne said that the three were “committed to strengthening cooperation on aid.”

Israel has insisted that a ground invasion of the southern city of Rafah is necessary to fully defeat Hamas, despite warnings that it would entail a humanitarian disaster.

Israel’s planned invasion has courted international criticism, with the US Secretary of State calling it “unnecessary”. (Euro News)

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