Gaza ceasefire negotiations to resume in Doha Wednesday: Al-Qahera News

Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 Jul 2024

Negotiations to reach a ceasefire in Gaza are to resume in Doha Wednesday following an intensive round of talks in Cairo over the past few hours, Al-Qahera News TV channel reported.

Palestinians collect water from a UNICEF tanker in Deir el-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on July 9
Palestinians collect water from a UNICEF tanker in Deir el-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on July 9, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas militant group. AFP


The new round of talks will be attended by delegates from Egypt, Qatar, the US, and Israel, the channel reported, citing a high-level Egyptian source.

According to the source, Head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service Abbas Kamel and his American counterpart William Burns will head the Egyptian and the US delegations.

The Egyptian security delegation is heading to Doha tomorrow “on a mission to bring viewpoints closer between Hamas and Israel to reach a truce as soon as possible,” the channel quoted the source.

“There is agreement on many points,” the source added, noting that the negotiations will resume in Cairo on Thursday.

The source asserted Egypt’s firm position on the necessity of reaching an immediate ceasefire and facilitating the entry of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Earlier this week, an American delegation headed by William Burns, the Director of the CIA, arrived in Cairo to participate in the ceasefire talks.

Burns met also with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi who reaffirmed Egypt's rejection of Israeli military operations in the strip and urged for an end to the Israeli war, the source added.

On Sunday, a top Hamas official told AFP that the Palestinian group is ready to discuss a captive deal and an end to the Gaza war without a “complete and permanent ceasefire,” which it had insisted on before.

However, Israel intensified its attacks on Gaza on Monday, the official said.

Egypt and Qatar helped mediate a week-long ceasefire in late November when Hamas freed over 100 captives in exchange for 240 detained Palestinian women and children.

There has been no truce in the nine-month-old war in Gaza since a one-week pause in November, which saw 80 Israeli captives freed in return for 240 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Since 7 October, Israel has carried out a deadly war that has killed at least 38,011 people in Gaza, mostly women and children.

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