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Ceasefire talks between Hamas and mediators stall as Netanyahu remains resolute

Ceasefire talks between Hamas and mediators stall as Netanyahu remains resolute

Ceasefire negotiations between Hamas and international mediators in Cairo reached an impasse on Tuesday, leaving little hope for a resolution to halt the ongoing violence before the start of Ramadan.

Senior Hamas official Bassem Naim disclosed to Reuters that despite presenting a ceasefire proposal during the two-day talks, no breakthrough was achieved. With Israel absent from the discussions, Hamas awaits a response, attributing the lack of progress to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's reluctance to engage in an agreement.

Meanwhile, Israel's demand for the release of 40 elderly, sick, and female hostages as a condition for a truce underscores the complexity of the situation. Hamas, on the other hand, insists on the provision of significant humanitarian aid to Gaza and the return of displaced Palestinians to their homes in the northern region of the coastal strip.

Amid the diplomatic stalemate, Belgium has joined an international effort, including the US, France, and Jordan, to provide aid to Gaza. A military transport plane has been dispatched to participate in the mission, with an airdrop scheduled pending Israeli approval.

In a separate development, US Vice President Kamala Harris's recent call for an immediate ceasefire and a proposed deal involving the release of hostages faced scrutiny. Sources from NBC News revealed that her speech was allegedly watered down by officials at the National Security Council.

As the deadlock persists, the humanitarian situation in Gaza continues to deteriorate. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported dire conditions in hospitals, with children suffering from severe malnutrition and starvation in northern Gaza. WHO representatives highlighted a concerning statistic, indicating that one in six children under the age of two is acutely malnourished in the region.

Additionally, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) condemned Israeli occupation forces for obstructing medical missions in the occupied West Bank, with 427 reported violations since October. The ongoing siege of the al-Amal hospital in Khan Younis exacerbates the humanitarian crisis, with dwindling food and water supplies intensifying the suffering of those in need.

With no immediate breakthrough in ceasefire negotiations and the humanitarian crisis escalating, urgent international intervention is imperative to alleviate the plight of civilians caught in the crossfire.

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