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Gaza war: Israel to take part in new ceasefire talks

Israel to take part in new Gaza ceasefire talks as strikes on Palestinian enclave continue
9 min read
23 February, 2024
Over 29,000 people have been killed so far in Israel's air and ground assault in Gaza since October 7, mostly women and children.

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Israel will take part in negotiations this weekend in Paris with the U.S., Qatar, and Egypt on a potential deal for a ceasefire and release of hostages in Gaza, according to a source briefed on the matter and Israeli media.

The last talks on a ceasefire failed two weeks ago, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected as "delusional" a Hamas proposal for a four-and-a half-month truce that would end with an Israeli withdrawal.

However, Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Palestinian group, was in Egypt this week, in the strongest sign in months that negotiations remain alive.

Meanwhile, Israeli strikes continued to claim more lives across the Gaza Strip, and international concern has spiralled over the territory's escalating civilian death toll and the desperate humanitarian crisis.