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Gaza ceasefire talks to renew in Cairo: Egyptian media

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Palestinians examine the ruins of a residential constructing for the Abu Muammar household after an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Friday, March 29, 2024.
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Talks geared toward brokering a truce between Israel and Hamas within the Gaza Strip will resume in Cairo on March 31, Egyptian outlet Al-Qahera reported, days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the inexperienced gentle for contemporary negotiations.

“An Egyptian security source confirmed to Al-Qahera News the resumption of negotiations on a truce between Israel and Hamas in the Egyptian capital Cairo tomorrow,” an anchor for the channel, which is near the nation’s intelligence companies, mentioned in a broadcast on Saturday.

Egypt, Qatar and key Israeli ally the United States have mediated earlier rounds of negotiations, however a workable settlement has remained elusive. The mediators had hoped to safe a ceasefire earlier than the beginning of Ramadan, however progress stalled and the Muslim holy month is greater than half over.

On March 29, Mr. Netanyahu authorized a brand new spherical of ceasefire negotiations to happen in Doha and Cairo. His workplace mentioned the Israeli premier had spoken to Mossad chief David Barnea concerning the talks, however didn’t elaborate on whether or not Mr. Barnea can be travelling to both metropolis.

Reports of the brand new talks in Cairo got here as protesters in Israel’s greatest metropolis blocked a significant highway on March 30 following demonstrations calling for the discharge of hostages held in Gaza and criticising the federal government’s dealing with of the conflict. Militants seized about 250 hostages through the October 7 assaults on Israel that sparked the conflict. Of these, Israel believes 130 stay in Gaza, together with 33 who’re presumed useless.

A key component of the ceasefire negotiations has been an settlement on releasing the hostages in change for Palestinian prisoners held in Israel.

France’s prime diplomat was additionally in Cairo on March 30 for conferences along with his Egyptian and Jordanian counterparts, with all three calling for an “immediate and permanent ceasefire” in Gaza and the discharge of all of the hostages.

French overseas minister Stephane Sejourne additionally mentioned his authorities would put ahead a draft decision on the UN Security Council setting out a “political” settlement of the conflict that would come with “all the criteria for a two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian battle.

On March 25, the Security Council adopted a decision demanding an “immediate ceasefire” in Gaza, and a UN court docket ordered Israel on Thursday to “ensure urgent humanitarian assistance” reaches civilians there, although neither growth seems to have modified the scenario on the bottom.

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Hamas’s October 7 assaults resulted in about 1,160 deaths in Israel, principally civilians, in keeping with an AFP tally of Israeli official figures. Israel’s retaliatory marketing campaign in opposition to Hamas within the Gaza Strip has killed at the very least 32,705 individuals, most of them ladies and kids, in keeping with the Hamas-run territory’s well being ministry.

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