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Dhe worldwide hopes for a ceasefire within the Gaza Strip earlier than the Muslim holy month of Ramadan have been dashed. Just a few hours earlier than the beginning of the holy month for Muslims, the Qatar-based head of the Islamist Hamas, Ismail Haniya, reiterated on Sunday the decision for a everlasting ceasefire. The hostages wouldn’t be launched except Israel ended the conflict and withdrew its troops.

Israel, then again, blamed Hamas for the truth that negotiations between mediators Qatar, Egypt and the USA haven’t but led to an settlement. “Their strategy is to increase international pressure on Israel and to get the international community to stop Israel from bringing about the final defeat of Hamas forces,” stated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview carried by “Bild”, Welt TV and “ Politico” interview (Sunday) at his official residence in Jerusalem.

EU Commission head: Sea hall for Gaza completely mandatory

Meanwhile, support is being transported by sea for the struggling inhabitants in Gaza. The ship “Open Arms” from the Spanish support group of the identical identify, loaded with reduction provides, was scheduled to set sail from the Cypriot port of Larnaca on Monday morning on the earliest, the Cypriot Radio (RIK) reported on Sunday night. Larnaca is round 400 kilometers from the Gaza Strip. It was initially unclear the place precisely the ship would land and the way the assistance would get to the individuals.

The maritime hall is completely mandatory “because we are currently experiencing a humanitarian catastrophe,” stated EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday within the ZDF “heute journal”. The process had been agreed with Israel, however she additionally anticipated extra assist from there. The nation is barely fulfilling its obligation to look after individuals “to a limited extent” and should do extra to guard civilian life, she stated.

Tense scenario initially of Ramadan

Meanwhile, elevated tensions are anticipated within the West Bank and across the holy websites within the Old City of Jerusalem throughout Ramadan. According to Israel's international intelligence company Mossad, Hamas is looking for to “set the region on fire” throughout the month of fasting. Thousands of law enforcement officials are deployed within the slender streets of Jerusalem's Old City, the Times of Israel reported.

The authorities has allowed Muslims to hope on the Temple Mount – also called Haram al-Sharif – throughout Ramadan. However, the safety scenario ought to be reassessed weekly. The place is sacred to each Jews and Muslims. According to the Times of Israel, a video circulated on social media on Sunday night exhibiting a scuffle between Israeli law enforcement officials with batons and worshipers on the entrance to the location.

Netanyahu: “We are very close to victory”

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was decided to start the deliberate army offensive towards Hamas in Rafah within the south of the Gaza Strip quickly, regardless of worldwide warnings. “We are very close to a victory,” stated the right-wing politician within the interview performed by “Bild”, Welt TV and “Politico”. Once the offensive begins, will probably be a matter of 4 to 6 weeks till the intensive section of preventing is accomplished. “We have destroyed three quarters of the Hamas battalions,” Netanyahu stated. Giving up now can be absurd. Hamas would “reposition itself and start again.” The conflict was triggered by a bloodbath wherein terrorists from Hamas and different extremist teams murdered round 1,200 individuals and kidnapped 250 in Israel on October seventh.