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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to dismiss the newest cease-fire proposal backed by President Biden, angering the households of Israeli hostages who accused him of not honoring a key aspect of the plan: a full Israeli navy withdrawal.

In a TV interview Sunday evening, Netanyahu mentioned he was open to some elements of a hostage change however not the everlasting cease-fire that Biden offered as a part of what he described because the Israeli deal final month.

“The intense phase of the war will come to an end very soon,” Netanyahu mentioned. “But that does not mean that the war will be over.” He added: “I am willing to make a partial deal, which will bring some of the people back to us. That is no secret. But we’re committed to continuing the war after the truce.”

Netanyahu’s remarks got here as Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant visited Washington, the place he was scheduled to satisfy with U.S. officers to explain a brand new section within the conflict in Gaza and escalating tensions within the north with Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. In a gathering with U.S. particular envoy Amos Hochstein on Monday, Gallant mentioned that “Phase C” of the conflict would have impacts on all fronts for Israel, based on an announcement from Gallant’s workplace.

The Hostages Families Forum on Monday condemned Netanyahu’s remarks, saying that ending the battle in Gaza “without freeing the hostages would be an unprecedented national failure and a departure from the war’s objectives.”

The group mentioned Netanyahu’s plan “abandons” the 120 hostages and “violates the state’s moral obligation to its citizens.” It mentioned that “the responsibility and duty to return all hostages lies with the prime minister.”

The households of the hostages have more and more clashed with Netanyahu and far-right members of his cupboard over whether or not it’s a precedence to succeed in a deal on the hostages or to proceed preventing to destroy Hamas.

In an announcement shared Monday on Telegram, Hamas condemned Netanyahu’s remarks and mentioned his goal for a “partial agreement” would consequence within the continuation of the conflict after the restoration of prisoners — which clearly violates Biden’s proposal.

Hamas mentioned its “insistence that any agreement must include a clear confirmation of a permanent cease-fire and a complete withdrawal from the Gaza Strip” was a needed step. While Hamas mentioned it views the proposal “positively,” it has additionally added circumstances that the United States has referred to as unacceptable.

The European Union’s overseas coverage chief, Josep Borrell, additionally expressed disappointment with Netanyahu’s feedback and their impact on talks to finish the battle.

“The last declaration from Prime Minister Netanyahu confirms that, unhappily, this plan is not going to be implemented,” he mentioned in Luxembourg forward of a gathering of E.U. overseas ministers.

“I am worried, I am much more worried, every day the crises are spilling over,” he added, citing fears that border clashes between Israel and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah might escalate into all-out conflict. “The risk of this war affecting the south of Lebanon and spilling over is also every day bigger.”

The fear in Europe over the conflict’s enlargement was additional underscored when German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock mentioned on the identical occasion that it was “absolutely important” {that a} cease-fire is reached in Gaza. She urged Hamas to “finally agree” to a deal. Baerbock, who described the state of affairs on the Lebanon-Israel border as “more than concerning,” mentioned she can be touring to the Middle East and that “a further escalation would be a catastrophe for all people in the region.”

The assist company Save the Children additionally joined the refrain of these calling for an finish to the conflict in Gaza, saying Monday {that a} cease-fire is “desperately” wanted.

More than 20,000 kids are estimated to be lacking in Gaza, based on a report launched by the group on Monday. The report notes that the younger are regarded as “lost, disappeared, detained, buried under the rubble or in mass graves.”

At least 17,000 kids are believed to be unaccompanied and separated from their households, the report mentioned. It famous that the determine was made worse by Israel’s assault on the southern Gaza metropolis of Rafah, which “increased the strain” on households and communities contained in the enclave.

Current circumstances in Gaza make it “nearly impossible” to assemble and confirm info, the report mentioned. But it estimated that round 4,000 kids are in all probability lacking beneath the rubble and that an unknown quantity are in mass graves.

Other kids, the report mentioned, have been “forcibly disappeared,” together with an unknown quantity who have been allegedly detained and transferred out of Gaza — their whereabouts unknown to their family members.

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The World Health Organization mentioned it helped switch 5 kids in want of medical care — 4 most cancers sufferers and one affected person with second-degree burns — from al-Ahli Hospital to Nasser Medical Complex. They will obtain care at that hospital in Khan Younis till they will go away Gaza, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned in a tweet together with a video of the younger sufferers boarding an ambulance. More than 10,000 individuals want medical evacuations outdoors Gaza, he mentioned.

Violent clashes broke out in Los Angeles on Sunday as pro-Palestinian protesters tried to dam entry to a synagogue in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood, based on the mayor, Karen Bass. She described the violence as “abhorrent” in a social media submit. She has ordered further police patrols within the space and at different locations of worship within the metropolis. “I want to be clear that Los Angeles will not be a harbor for antisemitism and violence,” she wrote.

Britain’s Labour Party mentioned it will adjust to any arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court towards Netanyahu if the British opposition social gathering wins in elections on July 4. Opposition overseas secretary David Lammy made the comment in an interview with CNN that aired Sunday. Biden has beforehand described the ICC warrant functions as “outrageous.”

Lebanese officers took journalists and ambassadors to Beirut’s worldwide airport in a bid to refute a report that Hezbollah has weapons caches there. Speaking through the two-hour tour to Rafiq al-Hariri International Airport, Minister of Public Works Ali Hamiya mentioned Lebanon is contemplating authorized motion towards Britain’s Telegraph newspaper over the report. The paper printed an article on the weekend — with out a byline and attributed to nameless “whistleblowers” — that mentioned Hezbollah saved weapons on the airport, sparking panic in Lebanon that the airport could possibly be focused by Israel.

At least 37,598 ​​individuals have been killed and 86,032 injured in Gaza for the reason that conflict began, based on the Gaza Health Ministry. It doesn’t distinguish between civilians and combatants however says nearly all of the lifeless are girls and kids. Israel estimates that about 1,200 individuals have been killed in Hamas’s Oct. 7 assault, together with greater than 300 troopers, and it says 313 troopers have been killed for the reason that begin of its navy operations in Gaza.

Susannah George contributed to this report.