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Conflict between Israel and Hamas - 249th day

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Israeli military vehicles in Gaza, Photo: Reuters
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Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad said they are ready to positively reach an agreement to end the war in Gaza, reports Mina.

Those two groups, as reported by Radio Free Europe, said in a joint statement that they submitted their response to the proposed cease-fire agreement in Gaza to the Qatari and Egyptian mediators.

Hamas and the smaller Islamic Jihad militant group said they were ready to "be positive to reach an agreement" and that their priority was to "completely end" the war, Beta reports. A senior Hamas official, Osama Hamdan, told Lebanon's Al-Mayadeen television that the group had submitted "some objections to the mediator's proposal." He did not give details.

The Qatari and Egyptian foreign ministries said in a joint statement that they were considering a response and would continue mediation efforts with the US "until an agreement is reached."

Earlier today, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed his commitment to the ceasefire proposal in the Gaza Strip, and that Hamas' announcement of support for the United Nations (UN) ceasefire resolution is a sign of hope.

The UN Security Council on Monday backed the United States' proposal for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip and called on Palestinian militants to accept a deal aimed at ending the eight-month war.

Senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri said they accept the UN Security Council resolution on the ceasefire and are ready to negotiate the details.

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken today urged the Palestinian movement Hamas to accept a US-backed proposal for a ceasefire in Gaza and the release of hostages, saying last night's UN Security Council vote was the "clearest demonstration" that the world supports the plan.

"All have declared except one, which is Hamas," Blinken told reporters in Tel Aviv after meeting with Israeli officials. He said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has confirmed his commitment to the plan.

Hamas welcomed the initial announcement of the plan, as well as the UN resolution supporting it, but has yet to issue an official response.

Blinken said Hamas' announcement of the UN vote was a "sign of hope" but that mediators were still waiting for official word from the group's leaders in Gaza.

Hamas announced today that one of its commanders in the occupied West Bank was killed in a clash with Israeli forces, while Israel said four soldiers were killed in an explosion in Rafah.

The UN Human Rights Office said today that both Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups may have committed war crimes in connection with a deadly weekend attack by Israeli forces that freed four hostages and killed at least 274 Palestinians.

Israel's war against Hamas in Gaza has killed more than 36.730 people, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, which does not distinguish between combatants and civilians. Palestinians are facing widespread hunger as the war has largely cut off the flow of food, medicine and more.

Israel began the war after an attack by Hamas on October 7, when fighters of that movement invaded southern Israel, killed about 1.200 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapped 250 people.

(BETA)

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said today that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "reaffirmed his commitment" to a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

"I met with Mr. Netanyahu last night and he reaffirmed his commitment to the proposal for a cease-fire agreement," Blinken said, referring to the plan the US presented to the United Nations (UN).

The head of American diplomacy described the reaction of Hamas to the presented plan as "a sign of encouragement".

Hamas said it welcomes the UN Security Council's resolution on a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.

Blinken is traveling from Israel to Jordan, where he is to participate in a meeting on aid to the Gaza Strip.

(BETA)

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The Israeli army announced on Tuesday that four soldiers were killed in southern Gaza, Reuters reports.

Military radio announced that they were killed in an explosion that occurred in a building in the Shabura settlement in Rafa.

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The Security Council of the United Nations (UN) on Monday supported the proposal of the President of the United States of America (US) Joseph Biden for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip and called on the Palestinian militants to accept the agreement aimed at ending the eight-month war.

Hamas welcomed the adoption of the resolution drafted by the US and stated in a statement that it is ready to cooperate with mediators in implementing the principles of the plan.

Russia abstained from the UN vote, while the remaining 14 members of the Security Council voted in favor of a resolution supporting the three-phase cease-fire plan presented by Biden on May 31, which he described as an Israeli initiative.

"Today we voted for peace," US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the Council after the vote.

Thomas-Greenfield
Thomas-Greenfieldphoto: Reuters

The resolution welcomes the new ceasefire proposal, says Israel has accepted it, calls on Hamas to agree to it and "calls on both sides to fully implement their terms without delay and without conditions."

Algeria, the only Arab member of the Council, supported the resolution because "we believe it can represent a step forward towards an immediate and permanent cease-fire," said Algeria's ambassador to the UN, Amar Bendjama.

"It offers a glimmer of hope to the Palestinians," he said. "It's time to stop the killing."

The resolution also elaborates on the proposal and states that "if the negotiations last longer than six weeks for the first phase, the ceasefire will continue as long as the negotiations continue."

Thomas-Greenfield said the vote showed Hamas that the international community was united.

"United behind an agreement that will save lives and help Palestinian civilians in Gaza begin to rebuild and heal. United behind an agreement that will reunite hostages with their families, after eight months in captivity," she said.

In March, the council called for an immediate ceasefire and the unconditional release of all hostages held by Hamas.

For months, negotiators from the US, Egypt and Qatar have been trying to broker a ceasefire. Hamas claims it wants a permanent end to the war in the Gaza Strip and Israel's withdrawal from the enclave.

The conflict began on October 7, when Hamas, an organization designated as a terrorist organization by the US and the European Union, suddenly attacked Israel, killing more than 1.200 people and taking hundreds more hostage.

In response, the Israeli military launched an offensive on Gaza that has so far killed at least 36.280 people - two-thirds of them women and children - and wounded more than 80.000, according to the local health ministry, which is controlled by Hamas.

(Radio Free Europe)

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