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US working to keep Israel, Hamas engaged in Gaza truce efforts

Cairo, Egypt Reuters Washington said it was trying to keep Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas engaged “if only virtually” in Gaza truce efforts as a UN agency warned that humanitarian aid stocks in the devastated enclave have hit “the bottom of the barrel”. Hamas said on Friday it would consult with other militant […]

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, […]

US calls out Israel and Hamas after Gaza aid shipment attacked, diverted

Washington DC, US Reuters The US on Thursday called on both Israel and Hamas to ensure that aid bound for civilians in Gaza is not disrupted, after a shipment from Jordan was attacked by Israeli settlers and subsequently diverted by Palestinian militants. Secretary of State Antony Blinken viewed the aid on Tuesday just before it […]

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 […]

Hamas says Israeli proposal fails to meet Palestinian demands, but is under review

Cairo, Egypt Reuters Hamas said on Tuesday that an Israeli proposal on a ceasefire in their war in Gaza did not meet the demands of Palestinian militant factions, but it would study the offer further and deliver its response to mediators. The proposal was handed to the Palestinian Islamist movement by Egyptian and Qatari mediators […]

Explainer – Gaza war after six months, what are the issues now?

Reuters Six months since Hamas gunmen stormed into southern Israel on a killing spree, Israel’s ground campaign to annihilate the Islamist movement has turned much of the Gaza Strip into a wasteland with an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe. Mediators have been trying to organise the first extended truce of the war to rush in aid to feed the Palestinian territory’s […]

Fighting rages across Gaza amid revival of truce talks

Cairo, Egypt Reuters Israeli strikes killed 77 Palestinians in Gaza in the past 24 hours, health authorities said on Sunday, as Egypt hosted an Israeli delegation for a new round of talks in a bid to secure a truce with Gaza’s Hamas rulers. The Israeli military said it killed a senior Islamic Jihad militant in […]