Progress in Gaza truce negotiations despite Israel’s insistence on ground attack in Rafah | Updates on Israel’s conflict with Gaza


Representatives from Hamas are currently in Cairo to negotiate a truce and the release of captives, with reports suggesting some progress has been made. However, significant issues remain, including Israel’s insistence on a ground invasion into Rafah in Gaza.

The Hamas delegation arrived in Cairo on Saturday to meet with mediators from Qatar, Egypt, and the United States regarding a proposal to halt Israel’s attacks on Gaza for 40 days and exchange captives for Palestinian prisoners. Despite some positive discussions, the main focus remains on achieving a complete ceasefire and withdrawal from Gaza.

Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu’s plan to invade Rafah has been a key point of contention in the negotiations. Israel has stated its intention to proceed with the invasion regardless of any potential agreement with Hamas. This has raised concerns from United Nations agencies and aid groups about the humanitarian impact on the 1.5 million people in the area.

Efforts to reach a deal have been ongoing, with a round of negotiations in November resulting in the release of some captives. However, talks have reached an impasse since then. Mediators are now awaiting a response from Hamas on the latest proposal.

Despite reports of progress, Israeli minister Benny Gantz has urged caution and patience in waiting for official updates on the negotiations. The role of the United States in influencing Israel’s decisions remains crucial in determining the outcome of the discussions.


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