NIn this sense, he insisted that Israel continues to obstruct any type of agreement and that its proposals do not recognize even the minimum, such as the withdrawal of the army from the Gaza Strip, or a permanent ceasefire.

“The Israeli response we received does not include a permanent ceasefire or withdrawal from the Gaza Strip,” a senior Hamas leader told Qatar’s Al-Jazeera channel, on condition of anonymity.

“The return of displaced people, according to the Israeli response, is unsafe and is done through passages under the bayonets of the occupation”, said the same source, who added that Israel is “demanding” that those who fled their homes are moved to fields far from their places of residence.

Negotiations, ongoing in Cairo, will be interrupted today and consultations “will continue for the next 48 hours”, an Egyptian source close to Egypt’s secret services told Al Qahera News channel.

The same source stated that “significant progress is being made in bringing together points of view”, indicating that a “consensus on many controversial points” has been reached.

The talks have included delegations from Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, as well as the United States and Qatar, which, together with Egypt, have been mediators between the conflicting parties.

Since before the start of Ramadan (Islam’s holy month), on March 10, attempts have been made to reach a truce agreement, which includes a ceasefire and the exchange of Israeli hostages in Gaza for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, but all attempts have failed so far due to rejection of the demands.

The current proposal being negotiated could result in a six-week ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, as well as the release of 40 of the hostages held by Hamas, including female soldiers, men over the age of 50 and other men with serious medical problems. .

In return, Israel would release 700 Palestinian prisoners, according to North American and Israeli media.

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated that there will be no truce without the 133 hostages still held by Hamas returning home, adding that Israel will not give in to the Islamists’ “extreme demands.”

On October 7 last year, fighters from Hamas — in power in the Gaza Strip since 2007 and classified as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Israel — carried out an attack on Israeli territory of unprecedented proportions since its creation. of the State of Israel in 1948, leaving 1,163 dead, mostly civilians, and 250 hostages, around 130 of whom remain in captivity and 34 have since died, according to the most recent report by Israeli authorities.

In retaliation, Israel declared a war to “eradicate” Hamas, which began with cuts to the supply of food, water, electricity and fuel in the Gaza Strip and daily bombings, followed by a ground offensive in the north of the territory, which later extended South.

The war between Israel and Hamas, which today entered its 185th day and continues to threaten to spread throughout the Middle East region, has so far left more than 33,200 people dead in the Gaza Strip, almost 76,000 injured and around 7,000 presumably missing. buried in the rubble, most of them civilians, according to the latest report from local authorities.

The conflict has also left almost two million people displaced, plunging the overpopulated and poor Palestinian enclave into a serious humanitarian crisis, with more than 1.1 million people in a “situation of catastrophic hunger” that is already claiming victims – “the highest number ever recorded” by the UN in studies on food security in the world.

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