UOne of the Israeli officials involved in the negotiations for the release of hostages said, this Monday, that Tel Aviv cannot accept stopping the conflict until these people are released.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the same official assured France-Presse (AFP) that “dozens [de reféns] They are alive for sure.”

“We can’t leave them there too long, or they’ll die.“, he also said.

It is recalled that this Monday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the dissolution of the war cabinet, a mechanism created on October 11 to adopt decisions on military operations in the Gaza Strip.

The decision, which was announced by Israel’s Prime Minister on Sunday night during a government meeting, comes a week after Benny Gantz and his partner Gadi Eisenkot left the War Cabinet due to differences with Netanyahu.

Thousands of people gathered today in front of the Israeli parliament (Knesset) to demand early elections and a ceasefire agreement with the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas for the release of hostages in the Gaza Strip.

The ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip was triggered by the attack by the Islamist group Hamas on Israeli soil on October 7, 2023, which caused around 1,200 deaths and two hundred hostages, according to Israeli authorities. More than a hundred hostages, including an undetermined number of dead, remain in the Palestinian enclave.

Since then, Tel Aviv has launched an offensive in the Gaza Strip that has so far left more than 37,300 dead and at least 82,500 injured according to Hamas, classified as a “terrorist organization” by Israel, the European Union and the United States.

It is also estimated that 10,000 Palestinians remain buried in the rubble after around eight months of war, which is also triggering a serious humanitarian crisis.

The conflict has also caused nearly two million people to be 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 claiming victims — “the highest number ever recorded” by the UN in studies on food security in the world.

Also in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, occupied by Israel, at least 510 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces or by settler attacks since October 7, in addition to around 9,000 detained since that date.

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