If Israel continues to attack Gaza, Hamas won’t enter negotiations

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If Israel continues to attack Gaza, Hamas won’t enter negotiations, In a statement released on Tuesday, Hamas said it had informed mediators it could not participate in more indirect negotiations during the course of Israel’s ongoing aggression against Gaza, but it was ready for a “complete agreement” that would include the exchange of hostages and prisoners if Israel ended the fighting.

A ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian group that governs Gaza has repeatedly stalled due to the efforts of mediators Qatar, Egypt, and the United States, with both sides blaming the other for any progress that has not been made.

Hamas issued a statement on Thursday however in spite of an order from the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the highest court within the United Nations, to stop its assault on Rafah in southern Gaza, Israel continued to conduct its offensive on Rafah.

It was Hamas’ assertion that, during the negotiations, it had been flexible and had entered each of the previous rounds of talks with a positive attitude, such as the last round when, shortly after Israel began a widely criticized ground offensive in Rafah, it agreed to a mediator-proposed agreement on May 6.

As a result of the aggression, siege, starvation, and genocide that is perpetrated against our people, Hamas and other Palestinian factions will not accept to be part of this policy through the continuation of [ceasefire] negotiations, Hamas stated.

We informed the mediators today that if the occupation ceases its war and aggression against our people in Gaza, we are ready to reach a comprehensive agreement, which includes a comprehensive exchange deal, when the occupation ceases its war and aggression against our people in Gaza,” the statement said.

During previous negotiations, there were several significant sticking points that could not be resolved. There have been repeated statements from Hamas that it will not accept a deal that does not ensure a permanent ceasefire, a complete withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, and the unhindered return of Palestinian refugees to their homes.

The Israeli government says it is devoted to toppling Hamas in Gaza and has rejected previous demands made by the group as unacceptable. According to Israel, the purpose of its Rafah offensive is to rescue hostages from the city’s Hamas fighters and root them out from there.

On Israeli statistics, Hamas fighters attacked southern Israel on October 7, taking more than 240 people captive. According to a Hamas tally based on Israeli statistics, at least 1,139 people were killed in the attack.

According to health officials, more than 36,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israel’s war on Gaza, which began a few weeks after the launch of the war. Many Palestinian territories have been reduced to rubble as a result of the conflict and the overwhelming majority of local residents have been displaced.

Following a first round of negotiations between Israeli and Hamas in November, some 100 captives were released together with the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons in exchange for the release of some 100 captives. Since then, however, the talks have come to a halt largely due to lack of progress.

‘Children who are malnourished’

Despite Israel’s claims that it had captured a buffer zone along the border between Gaza and Egypt, the Israeli military continued to advance with its offensive on Rafah on Thursday. The move gives Israel effectual control over Gaza’s entire land border with Egypt, having previously announced that it had secured a buffer zone on the border.

By seizing the buffer zone, Hamas was able to cut off a route that Hamas used to smuggle arms into Gaza through which it supplied its weapons.

Medical sources in the Gaza Strip say 12 Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli airstrike while trying to retrieve the body of a civilian who was injured in a firefight in Rafah.

Other areas of the coastal enclave were also raging with fighting, according to officials who spoke to the media. During an air strike that was conducted on the Shati refugee camp, which is situated west of Gaza City and in the north of this densely populated region, a Palestinian was killed.

Earlier in the conflict, Israel reported fighting in Gaza’s southern, central and northern areas, but did not comment on numerous reports of deaths within Rafah, where hundreds of thousands of Palestinian displaced people took refuge during the conflict.

In a statement released earlier today, Jawwal, a Palestinian telecommunications company, said that communication services had been cut off in Rafah “due to the ongoing aggression”.

According to the US, which is one of Israel’s closest allies, the US reiterated its opposition on Tuesday to the possibility of a major ground operation in Rafah, but said it did not believe such an operation was happening right now.

Israel has persistently vowed to continue attacking Rafah despite the global outrage over the attack as well as numerous warnings issued by humanitarian groups and the United Nations concerning the humanitarian consequences.

The UN has warned that there is an incipient famine as the assault intensifies, as aid deliveries have slowed to a trickle as a result of the assault, and malnutrition has been widespread in Gaza.

Noted that Palestinians have “little hope left in them.”

Khoudary said, speaking from the Al-Aqsa Hospital in Jerusalem, that he was unable to imagine being displaced seven or eight times in the past year, and yet still trying to provide food and water to his children during air strikes each day.

It’s been quite a day for malnourished children today. We have seen three cases of malnutrition today. Since three weeks have passed, there has been no entry of medical supplies into the Gaza Strip. According to her, the healthcare system is collapsing as we speak.

Timenews1 provided that news.

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