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Ceasefire talks to proceed in Cairo after IDF withdrawal from southern Gaza 

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This handout image launched by the Egyptian Presidency exhibits Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi assembly with CIA Director William Burns on the presidential palace in Cairo on April 7, 2024.
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A day after Israel introduced the withdrawal of all fight troops from southern Gaza, Egyptian officers claimed progress in a recent spherical of ceasefire talks in Cairo.

Both Hamas and Israel despatched delegations to Cairo for talks which have been additionally attended by CIA chief Bill Burns and Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman.

On Monday, Egypt’s al Qahera TV reported, quoting authorities sources, that progress has been made in Cairo for hostage launch and a ceasefire in Gaza, and events have agreed to primary factors of an settlement.

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Hamas and Qatari officers left Cairo after talks for deliberations. They will return in two days and so will Israeli and American officers.

Hamas took 253 folks hostage of their October 7 assault which killed no less than 1,200 Israelis. Of the hostages, 129, a few of them usually are not alive, are nonetheless in captivity. At least 33,000 Palestinians have been killed and over 75,000 injured in Gaza in Isrel’s offensive ever since.

Earlier on Sunday, Israeli Defence Forces introduced that they’re withdrawing all fight troops from the southern Gaza metropolis of Khan Younus, bringing 4 months of combating in and across the metropolis to an finish.

Until January, Israel had four-five battalions coming as much as some 50,000 troopers, combating in Gaza. On Sunday, the IDF mentioned all however one battalion could be withdrawn from the strip. The remaining battalion would man a safety zone Israel has carved throughout its southern border deep into northern Gaza. This means displaced Palestinians, who’ve now been cramped into Rafah within the south, can not transfer again to the north with out Israel’s permission.

Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant mentioned on Monday that the IDF has made key achievements in Khan Younis which allowed Israel to take versatile selections. Hamas, based on him, ceased to exist as a purposeful terrorist entity in Khan Younis.

He added that Israel is at an “opportune moment” for a hostage deal however it will require “difficult decisions”.

The authorities of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is underneath intense home strain over the hostage disaster. On Sunday, no less than 50,000 Israelis assembled outdoors the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in West Jerusalem, demanding the federal government to deliver the histages house.

“The IDF’s achievements “enable us to be flexible, to act freely and to make difficult decisions to bring back the abductees. I believe we are at an opportune moment,” the Defence Minister mentioned.

However, Hamas performed down stories that the talks had made progress. Hamas has demanded a whole withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Gaza Strip and the discharge of Palestinian prisoners for a hostage deal.

“Regarding the exchange of prisoners, Hamas was and is willing to be more flexible, but there is no flexibility over our…main demands,” a Hamas delegation member who’s attending the Cairo talks, instructed Reuters.

The IDF, in the meantime, mentioned the withdrawal from southern Gaza doesn’t imply that the battle was coming to an finish.

“The war in Gaza continues, and we are far from stopping,” declared Herzi Halevi, the IDF chief of workers, on Sunday,

Mr. Gollant mentioned the withdrawal was to organize the troops for the following operation.

“The troops are exiting and preparing for their next missions. We saw examples of such missions in the Shifa operation and their coming mission in the Rafah area,” Mr. Gallant mentioned at a gathering with army officers on the IDF’s Southern Command, based on an announcement from his workplace.

“The withdrawal of the troops from Khan Yunis was carried out after Hamas ceased to function as a military organisation in the city, and the forces left to prepare for the operation in Rafah,” he added.

(The correspondent is in Israel on an invite from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel)

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