Israel is considering a draft ceasefire in Gaza, where deaths are already occurring due to extreme hunger


Among leaked details of the talks to take place in Paris, the first phase would see the release of around 40 hostages – women, the elderly and the sick – in exchange for an initial six-week ceasefire and between 200 and 500 Palestinian prisoners.

The ministers who make up Israel’s war cabinet will vote tonight, according to all predictions and by telephone, on whether or not to support a still a very abstract design for a possible ceasefire in Gazawhere the humanitarian emergency continues and a two-month-old baby died due to malnutritionThis is evident from sources from the local emergency service.

Yesterday, Friday evening, there was “significant progress” in negotiations on a possible ceasefire and exchange of Palestinian prisoners for Israeli hostagesas revealed to Israeli media today by sources familiar with the talks, who warned, however, that there is still a long way to go.

However, sources close to Hamas assured that as long as Gaza residents “continue to suffer from hunger and displacement and cannot return to their homes in the north, there is no point in talking about a ceasefire.”

But Israel’s National Security Advisor, Tzachi Hanegbi, confirmed to local press today that the war cabinet will be informed in the coming hours about what was discussed in Paris, and stated that he also believes “it will be possible to move.” forward.”

Six weeks of initial ceasefire

Among the details leaked about the Paris talks, Israeli news channel 12 today, like other media, described an initial phase in which they would be About forty hostages – women, the elderly and the sick – were released in exchange for an initial six-week ceasefire, as well as between 200 and 500 Palestinian prisoners..

The Islamists would be willing to agree to a temporary ceasefire of six weeks as long as “talks on a permanent ceasefire” begin immediately afterwards, Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk announced two days ago in an interview with the Egyptian radio station Al Ghad .

According to the same sources, the framework established to reach an agreement would be before the beginning of the holy month of Ramadanscheduled to start around next week 10th of March, and that coincides with the maximum deadline given by Israel to agree on a pact or invade Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip.

The Paris meeting included the heads of Israel’s foreign and domestic intelligence services, CIA chief Bill Burns, as well as Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel.

Children queue for food in Deir Al Balah.  Photo: EFE

Two-month-old baby dies of hunger

Although an urgent ceasefire has been under negotiation for several weeks, the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian enclave, especially in the north, is “extremely critical”, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement yesterday (OCHA) denounced.

The death from malnutrition of a two-month-old baby, Mahmoud Fattouh, was confirmed today by members of the Gaza Strip emergency services, who tried to save his life at Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, about seven kilometers from the Gaza Strip. Jabalia camp.

The newborn “was found severely malnourished on the street while his mother cried because she could not feed him.”

After 141 days of war on land, sea and in the air, more than 29,600 Gazans have died in the Gaza StripThis is evident from data from the Ministry of Health.

“Choose the lives of our loved ones,” they ask Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tonight. hundreds of demonstrators from Tel Aviv -where, according to the media, they were repelled with water cannons-, Haifa or Caesarea, where next to the release of 134 Israeli hostagesrequests have also been added for early elections.

Demonstration in Tel Aviv.  Photo: EFE

Source: EITB


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