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Truce talks between Israel and Hamas to resume, Egyptian state TV reports | World News


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Truce talks between Israel and Hamas will resume in Cairo on Sunday, an Egyptian state-run TV station has reported, citing security sources.

The warring sides had recently stepped up negotiations, mediated by Qatar and Egypt, on a six-week suspension of Israel’s offensive in return for the proposed release of 40 of the 130 hostages still held by Hamas in Gaza.

But Israel recalled its negotiators from Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office saying Hamas had made “delusional” demands which showed the group is not interested in a deal.

Hamas had been pushing for any deal to include an end to the fighting and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza.

But Israel has ruled that out, saying it would eventually resume its mission to dismantle the governance and military capabilities of Hamas.

On Friday, Mr Netanyahu said he had told the country’s lead negotiators to join talks in Qatar and Egypt over the coming days.

Some Israelis, including relatives of hostages, demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Saturday to show their frustration with Mr Netanyahu’s government and urge him to resign.

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Palestinians gather on a beach as they collect aid airdropped by an airplane.
Pic: Reuters
Palestinians gather on a beach as they collect airdropped aid. File pic: Reuters

Israel admits its troops shot dead two Palestinians on Gaza beach

It comes after the Israeli military said its troops shot dead two Palestinians and injured a third on a beach in Gaza.

Al Jazeera broadcast a video earlier this week showing one man falling to the ground after walking in an open area and then a bulldozer pushing two bodies into the sand.

It said at least two of the men seen in the blurry videos were waving white flags before they were shot at.

Anger and frustration inside Israel is growing

John Sparks - Africa correspondent

John Sparks

International correspondent


In the city of Tel Aviv, Israel looked and sounded like a nation divided with a thousand or more protestors directing their rage at the people who lead this country.

These Saturday night demonstrations have become a regular event and we were told it was the largest one they had seen in many months. People gathered with signs and banners and a phalanx of loud hailers to call on the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to step down.

“I have lost all confidence in him, it has been a disaster, the country is devastated, the hostages are rotting in tunnels, Gaza is a mess, everything is horrible and the government only wants to take care of itself,” said protestor, Neta Galansky.

The demonstrators were joined by the members of a second group who were protesting on behalf of the 130 or so hostages who remain in Gaza. This group have been calling on Netanyahu to focus his attention on winning their release and accuse him of trying to torpedo potential deals.

It was clear their anger and frustration are growing as we watched participants from both groups set fires under a highway bridge. Eventually the police waded in, attempting to move them on, but there are many Israelis who feel they have nothing left to lose.

The Israeli military said troops opened fire after the men allegedly ignored warning shots and the bulldozer was used out of fear the men may have had explosives on them.

Al Jazeera said both shootings took place close to each other on a beachfront southwest of Gaza City, but the Israeli military said the video was edited and depicts two separate incidents from different locations in Gaza.

The army said the two men who were killed were carrying bags, though no bags were visible in the footage. It said the injured man was later released after questioning.

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Ships leave Cyprus to deliver food amid famine fears

Meanwhile, on Saturday a three-ship convoy carrying 400 tonnes of food and other supplies left a port in Cyprus amid continuing concerns of a looming famine in Gaza.

World Central Kitchen said the vessels and a barge are carrying ready-to-eat items like rice, pasta, flour, legumes, canned vegetables and proteins. The charity said it is enough to prepare more than one million meals.

A ship operated by the Open Arms charity took 200 tonnes of food, water and other aid on the direct route to Gaza earlier this month.

The three-ship convoy departs from Larnaca, Cyprus, carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza. Pic: Reuters
A three-ship convoy departs from Cyprus carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza. Pic: Reuters

Nearly 33,000 Palestinians have now been killed in Gaza since the start of the conflict, according to the Hamas-run health ministry, which does not distinguish between civilians and combatants – although the majority of those killed have been women and children, the ministry says.

Some 1,200 people, mostly Israelis, were killed when Hamas rampaged into southern Israel on 7 October and kidnapped some 250 others.

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