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US says Gaza truce depends on Hamas ahead of Cairo talks

A delegation of Hamas travel this Saturday to Cairo participate in negotiations to reach a truce in the Gaza strip and a senior US official stated that “the ball is in the court of” the Palestinian movement.

A source close to the Palestinian Islamic movement, at war with Israel for almost five months, told AFP that representatives who traveled to Egypt will deliver a “official answer” to a proposal agreed with Israeli negotiators in Paris at the end of January.

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Qatar, Egypt and the United States They try to reach an agreement between Hamas It is Israel This includes a six-week truce and the release of hostages in exchange for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israel before Ramadan, which begins on March 10 or 11.

The negotiators “will resume on Sunday in Cairo negotiations for a truce in Link”, reported the Egyptian network Al Qahera News.

United States and Qatar expressed optimism in reaching a truce from Monday, but the American president, Joe Bidenacknowledged that an agreement could take longer, after more than 100 Palestinian civilians who approached a humanitarian aid convoy to obtain food died on Thursday in Link by the shooting of Israeli soldiers.

At the beginning of the week, a source close to the Palestinian movement indicated that Hamas He proposed a six-week truce and that during this 42-day cessation of fighting he would release one hostage per day in exchange for ten Palestinian prisoners.

The conflict between Israel It is Hamas was triggered on October 7, when Islamic commandos from Hamas They killed around 1,160 people, most of them civilians, and kidnapped around 250 in southern Israel, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli data.

A week-long truce in November allowed the exchange of 100 hostages for 240 Palestinian prisoners, and Israel estimates that around 130 people remain in captivity, 30 of whom have since died.

In response, Israel launched an air and ground operation to “annihilate” for Hamaswhich left more than 30,300 dead in Linkmostly civilians, according to the Ministry of Health controlled by Hamas.

According to a source close to Hamas, the movement also demands the entry of more help humanitarian The Gaza stripguarantees so that the population that fled the north of this Palestinian territory can return to their homes and the withdrawal of Israeli troops.

A senior US official told the press this Saturday that Israel accepted the general lines.

“Right now, the ball is in the court’s court. Hamas”, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Source: Elcomercio

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