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War in the Middle East: Hamas responds to proposal for Gaza ceasefire

War in the Middle East: Hamas responds to proposal for Gaza ceasefire
War in the Middle East: Hamas responds to proposal for Gaza ceasefire

Biden’s plan already has the support of the UN Security Council. Now Hamas must agree. But Israel has not yet made a clear statement. The news at a glance.

Eleven days after presenting a roadmap for a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, the Islamist terrorist organization Hamas says it has submitted its response to US President Joe Biden’s proposal.

Hamas and the smaller militant group Palestinian Islamic Jihad also pledged in a joint statement to Qatari and Egyptian mediators that they would “behave positively” to reach an agreement to end the war.

The exact content of their response was initially unclear. The statement simply said that the priority for Hamas and Islamic Jihad was a complete end to the war in the Gaza Strip and a complete withdrawal of Israel’s army. “We have received the response that Hamas sent to Qatar and Egypt,” said John Kirby, communications director of the US National Security Council. “We are now evaluating it.”

At the end of May, US President Joe Biden surprisingly presented a three-stage plan for a ceasefire in the Gaza war. The plan envisages a temporary ceasefire being observed and a certain group of Israeli hostages being released during it. In return, Palestinians imprisoned in Israel would be released. In the next phase, the fighting would then be stopped permanently and the remaining hostages released. In a final phase, according to the draft, the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip would begin.

According to the USA, only Hamas has not yet agreed to the plan. However, there has not yet been a clear and public approval from the Israeli government either. The UN Security Council has now spoken out in favour of the proposal and recently adopted a corresponding resolution.

US Secretary of State Blinken calls Hamas to account

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on Hamas to agree to the proposal. “There is only one thing that stands in the way of this agreement coming to fruition, and that is Hamas,” he said in Jordan at an intergovernmental conference on the situation in the Gaza Strip. “So my first and most important message to every government, to every multilateral institution, to every humanitarian organization that wants to alleviate the great suffering in Gaza is: Get Hamas to accept the agreement. Push them publicly. Push them privately.”

Six dead in Israeli military operation near Jenin

Meanwhile, at least six people were killed in an Israeli military operation near Jenin in the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah. According to the Israeli military, a special unit carried out a raid in the town of Kafr Dan, north of Jenin. Armed Palestinians opened fire on the soldiers, which the troops returned.

They received support from a combat helicopter during the battle. During the operation, the soldiers surrounded a building that, according to the army, was being used by terrorists. There was an exchange of fire in the building and its surroundings. Numerous weapons and explosives were found there. The information on the war could not initially be independently verified.

Source: Stern

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