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Gaza: Netanyahu stops Israeli delegation from attending ceasefire talks

As the occupation forces continue to besiege hospitals and massacre civilians, Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered Israel’s delegation to avoid ceasefire talks.

He prevented the convoy from attending a four-day meeting on a proposed prisoner exchange deal with Hamas in Egypt, according to Israeli media.

“Netanyahu did not allow the negotiating team to return to Egypt on Thursday to continue talks on a hostage deal”, Israeli Channel 12 reported, adding that “Netanyahu believes that Hamas must accept the terms set by Israel for making progress.”

Earlier on Tuesday, representatives from Israel, Egypt, Qatar and the US reportedly held a meeting in Cairo to plan out a ceasefire and prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and the Israeli government, Lebanese news network Al-Mayadeen reported.

Notably, Hamas was not informed of this four-way meeting despite being the major stakeholder.

Under the current circumstances, Hamas devised a three-stage plan for a Gaza ceasefire.

The proposed plan demands a 135-day pause in the fighting in return for the release of captives.

However, Tel Aviv neglected the proposal and vowed to continue the genocidal war.

Despite the odds, Hamas has not changed its position and still insists on putting an end to the war. But Israel, devoid of any humanitarian concern, is not ready to accept any sensible plan of action contributing to the end of war.

 According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 28,576 Palestinians have been killed, 68,291 wounded and 8,000 missing in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.


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