Israel-Hamas War. Israeli soldiers prisoners, demonstrations in Tel Aviv… The latest news

Israel-Hamas War. Israeli soldiers prisoners, demonstrations in Tel Aviv… The latest news
Israel-Hamas War. Israeli soldiers prisoners, demonstrations in Tel Aviv… The latest news

The armed wing of Hamas claimed on Saturday to have captured Israeli soldiers while they were in a tunnel in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli army, for its part, denied this.

This news, if confirmed, would deal a serious blow to the Israeli government, as thousands of people demonstrated on Saturday to demand the return of hostages captured by Hamas.

On the humanitarian side, the American army announced that four of its ships had run aground. They are to be used for the “artificial bridge” to transport humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

We take stock of recent developments in the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Hamas claims to have captured Israeli soldiers

The armed wing of Hamas claimed to have “prisoners” Israeli soldiers during an ambush on Saturday in the Jabalia camp in the Gaza Strip, within the Israeli army, which she denied.

The targeted Israeli forces were in a tunnel in the Jabalia camp and “all their members were killed, wounded or taken prisoner.” The men of Hamas “seized their military equipment” before doing “explode the tunnel”, said the spokesperson for the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement, Abou Obeida.

The Israeli army insisted on “clarify that there was no incident in which a soldier was kidnapped”, without providing details on possible soldiers killed or injured.

Thousands of Israelis demonstrate to demand the return of hostages

Thousands of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening to demand urgent government action to secure the release of hostages held in Gaza, after the army recovered the bodies of three people kidnapped by Hamas Palestinian.

Protesters observed a minute of silence in Tel Aviv’s Hostages Square in tribute to the deceased hostages, according to an AFP correspondent.

Another demonstration calling for early elections and the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also took place on Saturday evening in Tel Aviv.

Hamas “uninformed” of Israeli attempts to negotiate truce

An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP on Saturday that the government intended to relaunch ” this week “ negotiations to obtain a truce, which are currently at a standstill.

He did not give further details, but Israeli media reported that the head of Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service, David Barnea had reached an agreement with CIA Director Bill Burns and Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdelrahmane Al-Thani, during a meeting in Paris on a new framework for negotiations.

A senior Hamas official, Osama Hamdan, told Al-Jazeera that the Islamist movement had not “not informed of anything by the mediators”. According to him, these statements “constitute an Israeli attempt to evade the decisions of the ICJ”, referring to the decision of the International Court of Justice ordering Israel to cease its “military offensive” in Rafah.

American ships stranded off Gaza

Four US military boats used as part of the temporary Gaza aid jetty ran aground Saturday morning due to a ” turbulent sea “, the US Middle East Military Command (Centcom) said in a statement.

Centcom specifies that no soldier was injured and that “the pontoon remains fully functional”. He adds that the Israeli army is helping the Americans refloat the ships and insists: “No American (military) will enter Gaza.”

The United States completed this pier last week, the construction of which was announced in March by President Joe Biden. This is to overcome the restrictions imposed by Israel on the land delivery of aid to the Gaza Strip.

On Friday, the UN announced that the installation enabled the disembarkation of 97 trucks of humanitarian aid in one week. Centcom said 1,005 tonnes of aid had been unloaded as of Friday, including 903 tonnes transported to the UN warehouse.

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