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Netanyahu: Gaza deal should let Israel resume preventing till conflict targets met By Reuters

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By Nidal al-Mughrabi, Maayan Lubell and Dawoud Abu Alkas

CAIRO/JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) -Any Gaza ceasefire deal should permit Israel to renew preventing till its goals are met, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on Sunday, as talks over a U.S. plan aimed toward ending the nine-month-old conflict had been anticipated to restart.

5 days after Hamas accepted a key a part of the plan, two officers from the Palestinian militant group stated the group was awaiting Israel’s response to its newest proposal.

Netanyahu was scheduled to carry consultations late on Sunday on the following steps in negotiating the three-phase plan that was introduced in Might by U.S. President Joe Biden and is being mediated by Qatar and Egypt.

It goals to finish the conflict and free round 120 Israeli hostages being held in Gaza.

Hamas has dropped a key demand that Israel first decide to a everlasting ceasefire earlier than it might signal an settlement. As a substitute, it stated it might permit negotiations to attain that all through the six-week first section, a Hamas supply informed Reuters on Saturday on situation of anonymity.

However Netanyahu stated he insisted the deal should not forestall Israel from resuming preventing till its conflict goals are met. These targets had been outlined at the beginning of the conflict as dismantling Hamas’ army and governing capabilities, in addition to returning the hostages.

“The plan that has been agreed to by Israel and which has been welcomed by President Biden will allow Israel to return hostages without infringing on the other objectives of the war,” Netanyahu stated.

The deal, he stated, should additionally prohibit weapons smuggling to Hamas by way of the Gaza-Egypt border and shouldn’t permit for 1000’s of armed militants to return to northern Gaza.

U.S. Central Intelligence Company Director William Burns is to satisfy with the Qatari prime minister and the Israeli and Egyptian intelligence chiefs on Wednesday in Doha, stated a supply acquainted with the problem who requested to not be additional recognized.

Burns can also be anticipated to go to Cairo this week, together with an Israeli delegation, Egypt’s Al Qahera Information TV reported on Sunday, citing a high-ranking supply.

There was no letup in preventing inside Gaza, the place late on Sunday the Israeli army renewed orders for residents and displaced households in a number of districts in Gaza Metropolis to go away their houses. Some residents stated they had been stunned by the sounds of tank shells and gunfire from Israeli drones, as some managed to flee and others had been trapped at residence.

“This is the sixth time we have been displaced, we don’t know where we should go. To be honest, I don’t know. I have a three-storey building and now it was hit, I just got the news,” a displaced girl who requested to not be recognized informed Reuters in Gaza Metropolis.

“My husband is an amputee and he is stuck in Shejaiya. We have heard no news about him,” she stated.

Palestinian well being officers later stated an Israeli air strike on a home in Jabalia on the northern fringe of the Gaza Strip had killed a minimum of 10 individuals, with many wounded and others nonetheless lacking.

The brand new talks comply with months of failed makes an attempt to achieve a ceasefire in stop-start negotiations that a number of instances led nowhere after Washington stated a deal was shut.

A Palestinian official near the talks stated the proposal might result in a framework settlement if embraced by Israel and would finish the conflict.

“We have left our response with the mediators and are waiting to hear the occupation’s response,” one of many two Hamas officers informed Reuters, asking to not be recognized.

One other Palestinian official with data of the ceasefire deliberations stated Israel was in talks with the Qataris and {that a} response was anticipated inside days.

PROTESTS IN ISRAEL

In Israel, protesters took to the streets throughout the nation to press the federal government to comply with the Gaza ceasefire deal, which might convey again hostages nonetheless being held in Gaza.

They blocked rush-hour site visitors at main intersections throughout the nation, picketed politicians’ homes and briefly set fireplace to tyres on the primary Tel Aviv-Jerusalem freeway earlier than police cleared the way in which.

In Gaza, Palestinian well being officers stated a minimum of 15 individuals had been killed in Israeli strikes.

Amongst them had been Ehab Al-Ghussein, the Hamas-appointed deputy minister of labour whose spouse and kids had been killed in Might, and three different individuals killed in a strike at a church-run faculty in western Gaza Metropolis sheltering households, Hamas media and the Civil Emergency Service stated.

The Israeli army stated that after it took steps to minimise the danger of civilians being harmed there, it struck militants hiding within the faculty and a close-by weapon-making facility.

In central and northern areas of Rafah, on the southern Gaza border with Egypt, Israeli tanks deepened their raids. Well being officers there stated they’d recovered three our bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli fireplace.

The Israeli army stated its forces had killed 30 Palestinian gunmen in Rafah prior to now day, and that one in every of its troopers was killed in fight.

In Shejaia, an japanese suburb of Gaza Metropolis, the army stated its forces had killed a number of gunmen and situated weapons and explosives. It revealed a drone video exhibiting gunmen, some showing to be wounded or lifeless, in a home.

Reuters couldn’t instantly confirm the video.

The battle was triggered on Oct. 7 when fighters led by Hamas, which managed Gaza, attacked southern Israel, killing 1,200 individuals and taking round 250 hostages, based on Israeli figures.

Greater than 38,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israel’s army onslaught, based on Gaza well being officers, and the coastal enclave has largely been diminished to rubble.

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