Benjamin Netanyahu was “eager to derail” talks by attacking Rafah, denounces

UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – The terrorist movement also judges that Joe ’s statements on Saturday on the hostages constitute “a setback” for the negotiations for their release.

The terrorist movement announces the death of a hostage shown alive in an undated video published yesterday; Hamas also believes that Biden’s statements on the hostages constitute “a setback” for negotiations; two doctors reportedly killed by Israeli strike… Le Figaro takes stock of the Israeli military operation which aims to destroy Hamas, at the origin of the largest massacre of Jews of the 21st century, on October 7.

Hamas says Biden’s hostage statements are ‘a setback’ for negotiations

Hamas said on Sunday that US President Joe Biden’s statements the day before on the hostages constituted “a setback” for negotiations for a truce in the Strip. The American president said on Saturday that a ceasefire was possible “tomorrow” if the Palestinian Islamist movement released the hostages held in Gaza.

US President Joe Biden.
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“We condemn this position of the American president, we consider it a setback compared to the results of the last round of negotiations”during which Hamas accepted a proposal from the mediators, the movement said in a statement.

He added that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had “in a hurry to derail” talks by attacking Rafah, a town in the south of the Gaza Strip.

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London opposed to an offensive in Rafah without “clear plan” to protect the population

should not carry out an offensive in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, without “an absolutely clear plan” to protect the population, British Foreign Minister David Cameron said on Sunday. “For there to be a major offensive in Rafah, there would have to be an absolutely clear plan on how to save lives, how to move people”said the Minister of Foreign Affairs on television Sky . “We have not seen such a plan, that is why we do not support” an offensive in Rafah, he continued.

“Without a plan to protect the population, (…) it would be extremely dangerous to attempt a major offensive”added David Cameron, emphasizing that “hundreds of thousands of people” took refuge in this town after fleeing other areas of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli army carried out new deadly bombings on Saturday in the Gaza Strip, particularly in Rafah, and ordered new evacuations from this threatened by a major ground offensive.

Major offensive in Rafah ‘cannot happen,’ warns UN human rights chief

A large-scale Israeli offensive against the town of Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, “cannot take place”the UN human rights chief warned on Sunday, because it would contravene the “IHL”. “The latest evacuation orders affect nearly a million people in Rafah. Where should they go now? There is no safe place in Gaza!”said Volker Türk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement.

“These exhausted, hungry people, many of whom have already been displaced several times, have no good options”adds Volker Türk, estimating that a large-scale offensive would have “a catastrophic impact” with “the possibility of new atrocious crimes”.

UN chief calls for ceasefire “immediate” in Gaza

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a ceasefire on Sunday “immediate” in the Gaza Strip, the return of hostages and an increase in aid to the besieged Palestinian territory.

Antonio Guterres.
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“I reiterate my call, the call of the whole world for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, for the unconditional release of all hostages and for an immediate increase in humanitarian aid. But a ceasefire will only be the beginning. It will be a long road to recover from the devastation and trauma of this war.he said in a video address to an international donor conference in Kuwait.

Israel freezes in memory of its soldiers and victims of attacks

Israel froze on Sunday evening to mark the start of the annual commemorations of remembrance for its soldiers who fell in defense of the country and the victims of attacks, on the eve of its 76th birthday. Funeral sirens rang out across the country for a minute, during which Israelis silently paid tribute to those who had died.

Isaac Herzog (l), alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (d).

President Isaac Herzog and Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi attended the traditional ceremony at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site where Jews can pray in the Old City of Jerusalem, conquered by Israel in June 1967 then annexed. “Tonight we have neither peace nor silence” in our hearts, said Mr. Herzog.

Egypt to join South Africa in ICJ referral against Israel

Egypt announced on Sunday its intention to join South Africa in its recent request to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to impose new emergency measures on Israel, according to a ministry statement Foreign Affairs.

A decision that comes “in light of the increasing severity and extent of Israeli attacks against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip”systematic targeting by Israel “civilians and the destruction of infrastructure” and its incentive “to the displacement of Palestinians”according to the same Source.

Egypt was the first Arab country to reach a peace agreement with Israel in 1979. It often plays a mediating role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including the current war.

Donors pledge more than $2 billion for Gaza at Kuwait conference

An international donor conference held in Kuwait on Sunday pledged more than two billion dollars to help the Gaza Strip.

The conference, organized by the International Islamic Charity Organization (IICO) and the Nations of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha), said the funds would be spread over two years, with the possibility of extension, with the aim of supporting vital humanitarian operations in the Palestinian territory.

Hamas announces the death of a hostage shown alive in a video broadcast on Saturday

The armed wing of Hamas announced Saturday on Telegram the death of an Israeli hostage, held in Gaza since the terrorist group’s attack on October 7, and of whom it had broadcast images of him alive a few hours earlier. In the video, the hostage was identified by the Hostage Families Forum – an association representing some of the hostage families, as Nadav Popplewell, a 51-year-old Israeli-British citizen from Kibbutz Nirim.

The Ezzedine al-Qassam brigades claimed in a video that he died on Saturday, and blamed his death on “injuries suffered after Zionist (Israeli) fighter jets targeted the place where he was being held more than a month ago”. Shortly before, the terrorist group had released a first video. These images of around ten seconds, and the date of recording is not specified, show the hostage, a swollen eye and a haggard look, who articulates his name, his age. He is standing in front of a white tiled wall, in a place that appears dark.

New demonstrations to demand the return of hostages

On Saturday evening, hundreds of demonstrators chanted slogans against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in front of his official residence in Jerusalem, accusing him and his cabinet of having abandoned the Gaza hostages.

A demonstration calls for the return of the hostages to Jerusalem.
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A demonstration against the government bringing together tens of thousands of people also took place in Tel Aviv where scuffles broke out between the police and the demonstrators.

Two doctors killed by Israel, says Hamas

Hamas’ civil security service announced Sunday that two doctors were killed in Israeli strikes on the town of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

“The bodies of Dr. Mohammed Nimr Qazat and his son, Dr. Youssef, were discovered due to a strike on the town of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, and they were transferred to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital” of the city, this Source indicated.

Hamas Health Ministry announces war death toll exceeds 35,000

The Hamas Health Ministry announced on Sunday a new death toll of 35,034 in the Gas Strip since the start of the war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement on October 7.

In 24 hours, at least 63 additional deaths were recorded, according to a press release from the ministry which reported 78,755 injured in more than seven months of war.



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