Diplomatic Push Intensifies for Gaza Truce Extension as Deadline Approaches
Egypt, Qatar, and the United States have advocate for the truce extension in the Israel-Hamas conflict. President Joe Biden pledged his engagement for the full implementation of the truce in the Israel-Hamas conflict region.
The Qatari-mediated four-day truce ends at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.
The truce extension gains momentum as local media in Israel reports a sense of optimism among senior officials regarding the potential continuation of the ceasefire.
The current truce is the outcome of several weeks of negotiations, mediated by the United States, Qatar, and Egypt. The coming days will determine whether these developments can pave the way for an extended ceasefire in the region.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier declared his determination to continue military operations, stating that every step will be taken to crush Hamas. However, in a surprising move, Netanyahu has offered to extend the truce for each batch of 10 captives released by Palestine.
Hamas has responded by releasing 13 Israeli captives, along with three Thais and one Israeli-Russian national. Additionally, 39 Palestinians, including women and children, have been released in the West Bank.
The death toll continues to climb, with Gaza bearing the brunt of the violence. Since 7 October, Israel has 14,854 Palestinians, mostly women and children.
The Israeli Prime Minister’s office is currently engaged in discussions with Palestinian authorities after receiving another list of names for potential prisoner release. The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society reports the arrest of 60 Palestinians overnight in the West Bank.
Meanwhile, Elon Musk has agreed not to activate his Starlink satellite system over Gaza without Israel’s approval.
NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg also encourages truce extension. He highlighted the need for relief efforts and the release of hostages. Stoltenberg has also urged Iran to exert control over its proxies, contributing to regional stability.
Simultaneously, the European Union’s foreign policy chief has called for a long-lasting truce and a political solution to address the root causes of the conflict. As the diplomatic push intensifies, the Palestinian Prisoners Club reports the arrest of over 60 Palestinians, including former prisoners, in the West Bank overnight.
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