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Israel-Hamas War: Negotiations for ceasefire

By: Wilhelmina Oddoye

Officials from the US, Qatar and Egypt held a meeting in Cairo yesterday for negotiation on a hostage release and ceasefire deal. And if possible, a deal to draw the war to an end in Gaza.

The need for negotiations is to prevent Israel from unleashing a grand invasion of Gaza and to stop an inhumane catastrophe from unfolding.

But the meeting ended without a clear breakthrough and the Israeli delegations have gone back to Tel Aviv. However, Israeli media is reporting that serious disagreements remain between the parties.

With about 1.4 million Gazans trapped with nowhere to go, the United Nations said it has still not received any plans for evacuation for the civilians.

Also, Defence for Children International has recorded that since October 7, about 98 Palestinian children have been killed as a result of the war; raising an urgent need for the war to come to a permanent halt.

The original proposal called for a 6-week release pause to release older women and children. Hama’s counterproposal goes further, demanding an Israeli withdrawal first from populated areas and Gaza completely.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Natanyahu however made it clear in the first attempt of negotiations that the war would continue.

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