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Fate of Gaza ceasefire uncertain, Israel vows to continue Rafah operation

Updated: 11:55pm (AEST) Rafah, Gaza Strip/Cairo, Egypt/Jerusalem Reuters Palestinian militant group Hamas on Monday agreed to a Gaza ceasefire proposal from mediators, but Israel said the terms did not meet its demands and pressed ahead with strikes in Rafah while planning to continue negotiations on a deal. The developments in the seven-month-old war came as […]

Gaza truce hopes slim; Hamas officials leaving Cairo but returning on Tuesday

Cairo, Egypt/Doha, Qatar Reuters Prospects for a Gaza ceasefire appeared slim on Sunday as Hamas reiterated its demand for an end to the war in exchange for the freeing of hostages, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flatly ruled that out. The two sides blamed each other for the impasse and the Hamas delegation said […]

Thousands of Israelis protest to demand hostage return

Tel Aviv, Israel Reuters Thousands of Israelis protested on Saturday, demanding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accept a ceasefire agreement with the Islamist movement Hamas that would see the remaining Israeli hostages brought home from Gaza. At a rally in Tel Aviv that took place as Hamas officials were meeting Egyptian and Qatari mediators in Cairo, […]

Palestinian Embassy seeks temporary status for Gazans who entered Egypt during war

Cairo, Egypt Reuters The Palestinian Embassy in Egypt is seeking temporary residency permits for tens of thousands of people who have arrived from Gaza during the war between Israel and Hamas, which it says would ease conditions for them until the conflict is over. Diab al-Louh, the Palestinian ambassador in Cairo, said as many as […]

UN warns Israel assault on Gaza’s Rafah on “immediate horizon”

United Nations Reuters The United Nations on Tuesday warned that an Israeli assault on Rafah in the Gaza Strip was “on the immediate horizon” and that “incremental” progress by Israel on aid access to the enclave could not be used to prepare for or justify an operation. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed for states with […]

Israeli strikes kill at least 40 Palestinians in Gaza, as ceasefire talks begin

Cairo, Egypt Reuters Israeli airstrikes killed dozens of Palestinians on Monday as Hamas leaders visited Cairo for a new round of truce talks, with more than half the dead in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, which foreign leaders have urged Israel not to invade. Hours after the strikes on Rafah, where almost half of […]