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Hamas says it is considering Israeli ceasefire proposal as peace pressure mounts

A new proposal from Israel Ceasefire in Gaza It was reportedly being reviewed by senior Hamas officials on Saturday.

Khalil al-Khaiba, a senior Hamas official, said the Palestinian militant group was evaluating Israel's proposal and would “submit a response once the review is complete.”

He did not go into details about Israel's proposal, but said it was in response to one from Hamas two weeks ago, according to the Associated Press.

The Hamas statement came hours after a high-level Egyptian delegation concluded a visit to Israel, where they discussed a “new vision” for a longer ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, said a person speaking freely on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter. According to an Egyptian official who spoke on the condition that

It was not immediately clear whether Israel's latest response to Hamas regarding the ceasefire was directly related to the Egyptian mediator's visit to Tel Aviv on Friday.

Talks between Egyptian and Israeli officials are the latest in a multi-phase plan that includes a limited exchange of hostages held by Hamas and Palestinian prisoners, and the return of a significant number of displaced Palestinians to their homes in northern Gaza. Focused on one step. with minimal restrictions,” an Egyptian official said.

The official said mediators are working on a compromise that meets most of the main demands of both sides, which could pave the way for continued negotiations to reach a larger agreement to end the war. said.

Next week, Egypt's foreign minister is scheduled to update international officials during the World Economic Forum meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Reuters report.

WEF President Borge Brende said in a press conference on Saturday that the update was part of talks between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and several international officials aimed at advancing the Gaza peace agreement. .

“Key stakeholders are currently in Riyadh and we hope that the talks will lead to a process towards reconciliation and peace,” Brende said, adding that the humanitarian crisis in Gaza would be on the agenda of the WEF meeting. Ta.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Saudi Arabia to attend the conference, a State Department spokesperson confirmed on Saturday.

Matthew Miller said in a statement that Blinken's agenda will include discussing continued efforts to reach a ceasefire that would ensure the release of hostages and the recent increase in humanitarian aid to Gaza. Ta.

“The Secretary also emphasized the importance of preventing conflict from escalating, and continued efforts to achieve lasting peace and security in the region, including a path to an independent Palestinian state with guaranteed security for Israel,” Miller said in a statement. We'll talk about it.”


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As the war drags on and casualties mount, international pressure urges Hamas and Israel to reach a cease-fire agreement and avoid a possible Israeli attack on Rafah, where more than half of the Gaza Strip's 2.3 million people are displaced. pressure is increasing. They are fleeing fighting elsewhere in the territory.

Israel has been saying so for months. Plan a ground attack on RafahIt has been announced that many Hamas militants remain on the border with Egypt, despite calls for restraint from the international community. That includes the United States, Israel's most loyal ally.

Egypt warned that an attack on Rafah could have “catastrophic consequences” for the humanitarian situation in Gaza and peace and security in the region.

The Israeli military has amassed dozens of tanks and armored vehicles in southern Israel near Rafah and conducts airstrikes on targets in the city almost daily.

Six people, including four children, were killed in an Israeli airstrike that hit a house in Rafah's Tel Sultan district early Saturday morning, local hospital officials said.

The attack killed a man, his wife and their three sons, ages 12, 10 and 8, according to morgue records at Abu Yousef Al Najjar Hospital. According to records, a 4-month-old girl living nearby also died.

Israeli airstrikes also killed five people overnight in the Nuseyrat refugee camp in central Gaza, according to officials at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital.

In other news, Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinian men in a gunfight at a checkpoint in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the military announced.

Violence intensifies in the West Bank since the war started. Since then, 491 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli shelling in the area, according to the Ramallah-based Health Ministry.

The Israeli military said two people were killed when vehicles fired on Israeli troops stationed at the Salem checkpoint near the Palestinian city of Jenin.

The United States has criticized Israel's policies in the West Bank, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is scheduled to visit Israel on Tuesday, recently Army forces determined to have committed human rights violations there Before the war in Gaza.

But in an undated letter to House Speaker Mike Johnson, Blinken said: Obtained by CBS News Fridaysaid it was postponing a decision on blocking aid to the unit to give Israel time to correct its wrongdoings.

The information comes as Mr. Blinken is considering whether to recommend ending U.S. aid to the troops under a federal measure known as the Leahy Act.law prevent The United States would be prohibited from providing arms or funds for military assistance to a group if there is credible information indicating that the group is providing military assistance. human rights violated.


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A person with knowledge of the letter said Johnson had sought assurances from Blinken before the House votes on the long-delayed foreign aid package. Blinken's letter was delivered to Johnson last Saturday before the vote.

The United States is also building a pier to deliver aid to Gaza through the new port, which officials said last week was expected to be operational by early May.

The Biden administration has stressed that there will be no American boots on the ground for this mission.but BBC reported The British government is considering sending in troops to drive trucks carrying aid supplies to the coast, an anonymous government source said on Saturday. British officials declined to comment on the report.

Hamas sparked the war with an attack on southern Israel on October 7, with the militants killing about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and taking about 250 hostages. Israel said insurgents were still holding about 100 hostages and the bodies of more than 30 others.

Since then, Israeli air and ground attacks have killed more than 34,000 Palestinians, about two-thirds of them children and women, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip's health ministry.

Israel has reported at least 260 soldiers killed since the start of ground operations in Gaza.

Summarize this content to 100 words A new proposal from Israel Ceasefire in Gaza It was reportedly being reviewed by senior Hamas officials on Saturday.Khalil al-Khaiba, a senior Hamas official, said the Palestinian militant group was evaluating Israel's proposal and would “submit a response once the review is complete.”He did not go into details about Israel's proposal, but said it was in response to one from Hamas two weeks ago, according to the Associated Press.

The Hamas statement came hours after a high-level Egyptian delegation concluded a visit to Israel, where they discussed a “new vision” for a longer ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, said a person speaking freely on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter. According to an Egyptian official who spoke on the condition thatIt was not immediately clear whether Israel's latest response to Hamas regarding the ceasefire was directly related to the Egyptian mediator's visit to Tel Aviv on Friday.

Talks between Egyptian and Israeli officials are the latest in a multi-phase plan that includes a limited exchange of hostages held by Hamas and Palestinian prisoners, and the return of a significant number of displaced Palestinians to their homes in northern Gaza. Focused on one step. with minimal restrictions,” an Egyptian official said.The official said mediators are working on a compromise that meets most of the main demands of both sides, which could pave the way for continued negotiations to reach a larger agreement to end the war. said.Next week, Egypt's foreign minister is scheduled to update international officials during the World Economic Forum meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Reuters report.WEF President Borge Brende said in a press conference on Saturday that the update was part of talks between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and several international officials aimed at advancing the Gaza peace agreement. .

“Key stakeholders are currently in Riyadh and we hope that the talks will lead to a process towards reconciliation and peace,” Brende said, adding that the humanitarian crisis in Gaza would be on the agenda of the WEF meeting. Ta.US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Saudi Arabia to attend the conference, a State Department spokesperson confirmed on Saturday.Matthew Miller said in a statement that Blinken's agenda will include discussing continued efforts to reach a ceasefire that would ensure the release of hostages and the recent increase in humanitarian aid to Gaza. Ta.”The Secretary also emphasized the importance of preventing conflict from escalating, and continued efforts to achieve lasting peace and security in the region, including a path to an independent Palestinian state with guaranteed security for Israel,” Miller said in a statement. We'll talk about it.”

Biden administration faces pressure to continue aid to Israel

02:55

As the war drags on and casualties mount, international pressure urges Hamas and Israel to reach a cease-fire agreement and avoid a possible Israeli attack on Rafah, where more than half of the Gaza Strip's 2.3 million people are displaced. pressure is increasing. They are fleeing fighting elsewhere in the territory.Israel has been saying so for months. Plan a ground attack on RafahIt has been announced that many Hamas militants remain on the border with Egypt, despite calls for restraint from the international community. That includes the United States, Israel's most loyal ally.Egypt warned that an attack on Rafah could have “catastrophic consequences” for the humanitarian situation in Gaza and peace and security in the region.

The Israeli military has amassed dozens of tanks and armored vehicles in southern Israel near Rafah and conducts airstrikes on targets in the city almost daily.Six people, including four children, were killed in an Israeli airstrike that hit a house in Rafah's Tel Sultan district early Saturday morning, local hospital officials said.The attack killed a man, his wife and their three sons, ages 12, 10 and 8, according to morgue records at Abu Yousef Al Najjar Hospital. According to records, a 4-month-old girl living nearby also died.Israeli airstrikes also killed five people overnight in the Nuseyrat refugee camp in central Gaza, according to officials at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital.In other news, Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinian men in a gunfight at a checkpoint in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the military announced.Violence intensifies in the West Bank since the war started. Since then, 491 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli shelling in the area, according to the Ramallah-based Health Ministry.The Israeli military said two people were killed when vehicles fired on Israeli troops stationed at the Salem checkpoint near the Palestinian city of Jenin.

The United States has criticized Israel's policies in the West Bank, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is scheduled to visit Israel on Tuesday, recently Army forces determined to have committed human rights violations there Before the war in Gaza.But in an undated letter to House Speaker Mike Johnson, Blinken said: Obtained by CBS News Fridaysaid it was postponing a decision on blocking aid to the unit to give Israel time to correct its wrongdoings.The information comes as Mr. Blinken is considering whether to recommend ending U.S. aid to the troops under a federal measure known as the Leahy Act.law prevent The United States would be prohibited from providing arms or funds for military assistance to a group if there is credible information indicating that the group is providing military assistance. human rights violated.

What it's like to be an aid worker in Gaza

07:20

A person with knowledge of the letter said Johnson had sought assurances from Blinken before the House votes on the long-delayed foreign aid package. Blinken's letter was delivered to Johnson last Saturday before the vote.The United States is also building a pier to deliver aid to Gaza through the new port, which officials said last week was expected to be operational by early May.The Biden administration has stressed that there will be no American boots on the ground for this mission.but BBC reported The British government is considering sending in troops to drive trucks carrying aid supplies to the coast, an anonymous government source said on Saturday. British officials declined to comment on the report.Hamas sparked the war with an attack on southern Israel on October 7, with the militants killing about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and taking about 250 hostages. Israel said insurgents were still holding about 100 hostages and the bodies of more than 30 others.

Since then, Israeli air and ground attacks have killed more than 34,000 Palestinians, about two-thirds of them children and women, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip's health ministry.Israel has reported at least 260 soldiers killed since the start of ground operations in Gaza.

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