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War between Israel and Hamas: a truce of “at least six weeks” in the Gaza Strip is being discussed, Joe Biden assures

War between Israel and Hamas: a truce of “at least six weeks” in the Gaza Strip is being discussed, Joe Biden assures

War between Israel and Hamas: a truce of “at least six weeks” in the Gaza Strip is being discussed, Joe Biden assures

Negotiations continue in the Gaza Strip. Joe Biden announced on Monday that an agreement to release hostages held by Hamas, accompanied by “at least a six-week pause” in fighting with Israel, is being negotiated.

The American president, repeating several times the warning made by his administration, also indicated that it “must protect” the Palestinian civilian population in Rafah in the event of an Israeli attack on this city in the south of the enclave. “We cannot afford an Israeli attack on Rafah. This will undoubtedly cause another humanitarian catastrophe,” King Abdullah II of Jordan also said during a joint appearance with Joe Biden at the White House.

Proposal sent to Hamas

A ceasefire proposal was sent to Hamas in late January, saying it was “considering” it. The proposal, developed during a meeting organized in Paris by representatives of the United States, Israel, Qatar and Egypt, called for a six-week truce, according to a source in the Palestinian Islamist movement, allowing for the exchange of about 40 Israeli hostages five or six times. more details Palestinian prisoners.

But hopes of reaching an agreement faded after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last Wednesday ordered the army to “prepare” an offensive on Rafah, near the Egyptian border where Palestinians have been displaced by the war.

About 250 people were kidnapped in Israel on October 7 and taken to the Gaza Strip. A week-long truce in November allowed the release of 105 of them in exchange for 240 Palestinians detained by Israel. Before the release of the last two hostages in Rafah on Sunday, Israel estimated there were still 132 hostages in Gaza, of whom 29 were presumed dead.

Source: Le Parisien

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