Biden says Israel and Hamas ‘not there yet’ on hostage deal | EUROtoday

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President Biden informed reporters Friday that he’s nonetheless hoping a cease-fire deal might be reached between Israel and Hamas by the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which begins round March 10, however “we’re not there yet.”

Asked what must occur within the negotiations, he stated there needs to be settlement on the timing, and “they’re still far apart.”

After an support convoy supply turned lethal Thursday in Gaza City, ensuing within the deaths of 115 Palestinians, in accordance with the Gaza Health Ministry, Biden stated the occasion would complicate negotiations over a possible pause in preventing that might permit the discharge of these hostages in alternate for Palestinian prisoners.

Thursday’s incident has drawn world condemnationwith France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom calling for an impartial investigation. After crowds flooded the help convoy, Israeli officers blamed the following casualties on a stampede. Gaza officers, nonetheless, in accounts corroborated by eyewitnesses and docs, blamed Israeli hearth.

Desperation and dying encompass an support supply in northern Gaza

Humanitarian support has been scant within the northern a part of Gaza, the place support teams are warning of imminent famine. With entry to the enclave restricted, the United States introduced Friday that it will begin airdropping support into Gaza, an costly and logistically sophisticated tactic that Jordan, France, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have already taken up and which Canada stated it’s also contemplating.

“Innocent people got caught in a terrible war unable to feed their families,” Biden stated Friday whereas asserting airdrop plan, “and you saw the response when they tried to get aid.”

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A United Nations assertion stated that the “worst famine fears” have been realized after the Gaza Health Ministry stated that 10 youngsters have died of malnutrition and dehydration in northern Gaza. World Health Organization spokesperson Christian Lindmeier referred to as it a “very sad threshold” within the assertion and famous that “unofficial numbers can unfortunately be expected to be higher.”

Hamas stated Friday that seven Israeli hostages had been killed on account of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. According to the Israeli authorities, 253 individuals had been believed to be kidnapped throughout the Oct. 7 Hamas assaults. In whole, 112 hostages been launched and earlier than Hamas’s current announcement, Israeli authorities figures urged 99 residing hostages stay in Gaza. The Israeli navy didn’t reply to request for remark.

The European Union stated it would launch 50 million euros ($54 million) to the U.N. company for Palestinian refugees subsequent week, after a number of international locations, together with the United States, paused funding following allegations from Israel that a few of its staff had been concerned in Hamas’s Oct. 7 assaults. Top E.U. diplomat Josep Borrell recommended the United Nations’ “efforts to investigate the allegations” and referred to as “on Israeli authorities to provide evidences.” The step acknowledges UNRWA as “irreplaceable actor,” he stated.

At least 30,228 individuals have been killed and 71,377 injured in Gaza because the conflict started, in accordance with the Gaza Health Ministry, which doesn’t distinguish between civilians and combatants. Israel estimates that about 1,200 individuals had been killed in Hamas’s Oct. 7 assault and says 242 troopers have been killed because the begin of its navy operation in Gaza.


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