Netanyahu, 'I want the hostage agreement, Hamas reduces demands'

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“We are working on an agreement for the hostages. I want to reach an agreement and I appreciate the efforts of the United States. I don't know if we will reach it but if Hamas would reduce its delusional demands and return to reality, then there would be an agreement.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this in an interview with CBS.

“Netanyahu's words show that he is not worried about reaching an agreement” on the hostages. Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters, commenting on the Israeli prime minister's statements to CBS. Zuhri also accuses Netanyahu of wanting to “continue negotiations under the bombing and bloodbath” of the Palestinians.

Negotiations to reach an agreement on the hostages and a pause in the war in Gaza resumed in Doha between “experts from the USA, Egypt, Qatar and Israel” and also “representatives of Hamas”. The Egyptian media reported this, echoed by the Israeli media. “The talks – explained Al-Qahera News – are a continuation of what was discussed in Paris and will be followed by other meetings in Cairo”. Israel decided last night, after the approval of the War Cabinet, to send the delegation to Doha.

The talks in Paris between the USA, Israel, Egypt and Qatar have found a “ground of understanding” on a possible agreement for the release of the hostages in the hands of Hamas and for a new truce in Gaza. White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said this in an interview with CNN. “We are working and we hope that in the next few days we can reach the point of a final agreement”, adds Sullivan.

A man is seriously injured after setting himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Washington. The accident occurred just before 1pm, 7pm in Italy. The American media reported it, underlining that the man is in hospital in critical condition.

The Israeli air force yesterday hit two targets located along the border between Gaza and Egypt, close to the so-called Philadelphia Axis, which caused great fear in Rafah among the displaced Palestinians who set up tents in that area. Israeli military radio explained that the targets hit were the entrance to a smuggling tunnel dug under the border and a Hamas weapons warehouse. At the moment there is no news of victims in those attacks.

Israeli troops also continue their offensive in southern Gaza, particularly in Khan Yunis. The military spokesperson made this known by reporting that “during efforts to evacuate the civilian population from the combat zones, soldiers identified and captured terrorists who were trying to escape by hiding among civilians”. According to the same source, “terrorists were killed and weapons were located” in Khan Yunis. Operations also in the center of Gaza where the IDF, especially in Zaitun, the western neighborhood of Gaza City where “several terrorists were killed”.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian source told Sky News Arabia that it is likely that the government of Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh could resign soon to favor a new Palestinian government of technicians by the end of this week. According to the broadcaster, these developments reinforce reports that Hamas agreed last week to the formation of a caretaker government whose mission is to rebuild Gaza and restore security after the war. Sky News Arabia sources suggest that the head of the Palestine Investment Fund, Muhammad Mustafa, would be in charge of forming the government.

And a Hamas source, quoted by Al Jazeera as “important”, said today that the climate of optimism about reaching an agreement on a possible prisoner exchange does not reflect reality. Thus refuting what had recently emerged about the “progress” in the negotiations that could allow an agreement to be reached before the month of Ramadan.

Israeli delegation leaving for Qatar for hostage talks

An Israeli delegation will leave for Qatar to continue talks on the release of the hostages and a possible truce in Gaza. According to the media, this was decided by the War Cabinet after examining the content of the mediation talks held in Paris with the USA, Egypt and Qatar itself.

Meanwhile, Israeli troops continue their offensive in southern Gaza , particularly in Khan Yunis . The military spokesperson made this known by reporting that “during efforts to evacuate the civilian population from the combat zones, soldiers identified and captured terrorists who were trying to escape by hiding among civilians”. According to the same source, “terrorists were killed and weapons were located” in Khan Yunis. Operations also in the center of Gaza where the IDF, especially in Zaitun, the western neighborhood of Gaza City where “several terrorists were killed”.

The Houthis announce an attack on a US oil tanker in the Red Sea

The military spokesman of the Houthis, a Yemeni group linked to Iran, Yahya Saree announced that “a military operation targeted the American tanker Torm Thor in the Gulf of Aden with several missiles”. This was reported by Al Masirah, a Houthi-owned broadcaster. Saree added that “some American warships in the Red Sea were targeted with several drones.” US Central Command (Centcom) says the USS Mason destroyer shot down an anti-ship ballistic missile launched in the Gulf of Aden by the Houthis that was likely targeting the tanker.

Iran: 'Tehran and Hamas oppose the two-state solution'

“The people of Gaza have announced to the world, with their resistance and unity, that coexistence with the Zionist regime is not possible ,” declared Revolutionary Guards commander Hossein Salami , in relation to international proposals on the creation of two Israeli states and Palestinian to end the crisis, which Tehran and Hamas, supported by Iran, oppose. “The Zionists try to achieve victory by killing children, women and defenseless people, but the divine victory will be for the devoted people of Gaza, who have not given up resistance in the current war,” Salami added, quoted by Mehr.

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