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Status: 07.06.2024 06:57 a.m.

Despite the present tensions between Israel and the USA, Prime Minister Netanyahu will communicate to the US Congress. According to mediators from Qatar, Hamas has not but commented on the brand new ceasefire proposal. The developments within the stay weblog.

06:57 am

Report: Hamas chief refuses to disarm

According to a US media report, Hamas chief Jihia al-Sinwar is rejecting an settlement with Israel that may additionally present for the disarmament of his terrorist group. Hamas will neither hand over its weapons, “nor will it sign an agreement that requires this,” Al-Sinwar, who’s reportedly in an unknown location within the Gaza Strip, is alleged to have instructed his group's negotiators.

In its report, the Wall Street Journal cited Arab mediators who had been involved with the Hamas negotiators. The Egyptian state-run tv station Al-Kahira News had beforehand reported, citing high-ranking authorities sources, that Hamas would reply to the draft within the coming days. Egypt, Qatar and the USA are mediating between Israel and Hamas, which don’t conduct direct negotiations with one another as a matter of precept.

05:45 am

UN worries about escalation on the border with Lebanon

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned of a serious battle on the border between Israel and Lebanon. He referred to as for a ceasefire, mentioned spokesman Stéphane Dujarric. The preventing might set off a bigger battle “with devastating consequences for the region.”

Since the beginning of the warfare within the Gaza Strip following the main assault by the Islamist Hamas on Israel on October 7, there have been virtually day by day clashes within the Israeli-Lebanese border area between the Israeli military and the Lebanon-based Hezbollah militia.

04:12 am

Netanyahu offers speech to US Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will handle the US Congress on July 24. Netanyahu mentioned it was a privilege for him to have this chance. He would inform the congressmen concerning the warfare.

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Mike Johnson and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced the date of the handle in a joint assertion.

In March, the Democratic majority chief within the Senate, Chuck Schumer, spoke out in favor of a change of presidency in Israel in a sensational speech. He now defined that he had invited Netanyahu regardless of “clear and profound” variations of opinion as a result of “America's relationship with Israel is ironclad and goes beyond one person or one prime minister.” The USA is a detailed ally of Israel.

04:12 am

USA criticizes air strike on faculty buildings in Gaza Strip

The United States is demanding a full investigation into the lethal air strike by Israeli forces on a college constructing within the Gaza Strip. Even if Israel's military tried to kill 20 to 30 extremists, however youngsters had been killed within the course of, “that shows that something is wrong,” mentioned US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller.

According to the UN Relief and Works Agency for the Palestinians (UNRWA), the college constructing within the Nuseirat refugee district served as emergency lodging. According to Palestinian authorities, at the very least 30 individuals had been killed within the assault, whereas the Islamist Hamas group reported 40 deaths. Medical sources mentioned that a lot of the victims had been girls, youngsters and younger individuals. The data couldn’t initially be independently verified.

04:12 am

Concerns concerning the US draft UN decision

Russia and China have expressed considerations about US President Joe Biden's draft UN decision, which features a proposal for a ceasefire between Israel and the militant Palestinian group Hamas. According to diplomats, Algeria has additionally signalled that it’s not ready to help the American proposal.

Moscow, for instance, desires the draft to emphasize that the first-phase ceasefire will apply so long as negotiations on the second part proceed. To move a decision, at the very least 9 votes in favor are required, and the United States, France, Britain, China or Russia can’t use their veto energy.

04:12 am

USA: Destroyed Houthi drones and boats

The US navy says it has destroyed eight drones and two unmanned boats belonging to the Yemeni Houthi militia within the Red Sea. According to the US navy's Central Command, the Houthi had beforehand fired a ballistic anti-ship missile. However, there have been no stories of harm or accidents, it mentioned.

04:12 am

USA warns Israel of collapse of Palestinian Authority

The US has warned of “massive” penalties for Israel within the occasion of a attainable collapse of the Palestinian Authority. Washington has made it clear to the Israeli authorities “in some very direct conversations that there is nothing that could be more contrary to Israel's strategic interests than the collapse of the Palestinian Authority,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller instructed reporters.

If the Palestinian Authority collapses and instability spreads within the West Bank, “that is not only a problem for the Palestinians, but also a massive security threat to the State of Israel.” The Palestinian Authority is in want of reform, Miller admitted. But the Palestinian Authority, based mostly in Ramallah, has helped keep stability within the West Bank regardless of the warfare within the Gaza Strip, which is managed by the rival Hamas.

As a part of the Oslo Peace Accords of the Nineteen Nineties, Israel collects taxes and customs duties for the Palestinian Authority, which governs the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Israel then pays the cash to the Palestinian Authority. Shortly after the assault by Hamas, which guidelines the Gaza Strip, on October 7, Israel froze the switch of the cash.

04:12 am

Qatar: Waiting for Hamas’ response

According to Qatar, the terrorist group Hamas has not but responded to an Israeli ceasefire plan within the Gaza Strip offered by US President Joe Biden. The mediators haven’t but obtained a response from Hamas concerning the newest proposal, a Qatari overseas ministry spokesman instructed the nation's state information company.

Hamas has indicated that it’s nonetheless inspecting the proposal. Mediation efforts are ongoing. The USA, Qatar and Egypt have been making an attempt to mediate an settlement between Israel and Hamas for months, however to date with out success. As a part of the one settlement brokered by the three nations so far, round 100 hostages had been launched in alternate for Palestinian prisoners throughout a week-long ceasefire on the finish of November.

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Thursday's stay weblog

Israel and Hezbollah are firing closely at one another on the border with Lebanon. Dozens die in an Israeli assault on suspected Hamas positions in a college. Read about Thursday's developments.