April 13, 2024

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Talks deadlocked: Hamas withdraws from talks with Israel

Talks deadlocked: Hamas withdraws from talks with Israel
Relatives of hostages taken by Hamas walk from the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip to Jerusalem on the last leg of a four-day march (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illeen)

The terror group Hamas left Cairo this Wednesday after a new day of intense negotiations Qatar, Egypt and USA Mediators are trying to reach a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and are now awaiting a response from the Israeli side, the agency was told. EFE Palestinian circles are familiar with colloquialisms.

Negotiations have been reached A “dangerous turning point threatens its possibility of victory and reaching a final agreement”The sources, who did not want to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter, pointed out.

According to these sources, the Palestinian terror group is “definitely” It asks that Israel “does not provide clear answers to important questions”.: A permanent ceasefire, the complete withdrawal of its forces from the Gaza Strip and the return of displaced persons to their homes.

“On this basis, Hamas has not presented any new initiative regarding the number of prisoners“This is a very important issue for Israel,” the sources said, before adding, “The mediators tried to reassure the Israeli side that Hamas's demands were acceptable.”

“Hamas wants this to be spelled out in the agreement and not just verbal guarantees,” the sources said.

Hamas holds hundreds of Israeli hostages (Stringer/dpa)

According to the informants, Hamas views the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Gaza Strip as “vague and ambiguous”. Because Israel is proposing to withdraw to the east of the enclave without specifying the locationsThe Islamic group demands that it be through specific and clear areas.

Regarding the ceasefire issue, the evidence highlights that Israel has not made any guarantees regarding this demand from Hamas and all opposition factions.

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“In the first phase, Hamas demands a complete cessation of military operations, while the second phase includes discussion of a definitive cease-fire,” they added.

According to Palestinian and Egyptian sources familiar with the talks in Cairo, the two sides had reached an agreement on the “fundamental points” of the ceasefire. The dangers are still there.

Mediators – Qatar, Egypt and the United States – are trying to find an intermediate solution to end the crisis by bringing the points of view closer, however, for now, the negotiations seem to be stalled, Palestinian sources maintain.

Hamas demands withdrawal of Israeli troops from Hamas (REUTERS/Amir Cohen)

According to a report from Hamas This morning, Israel “continues to avoid its obligations under this agreement, particularly those relating to a permanent ceasefire, the return of displaced persons (from the North) and the withdrawal of military troops from the Palestinian territories”.

Weeks of negotiations, and mounting pressure America and the rest of the international community, It leads to a ceasefire before the start of the holy month of RamadanIt will start next March 10 or 11 according to lunar calendar.

But the four-day talks did not seem to have made any concrete progress CairoDespite the “flexibility” Hamas claims it has demonstrated today.

Israel did not participate in these meetings in Cairo. after Hamas said it could not provide him with a list of the names of hostages still alive, citing logistical problems caused by the war.

According to the leaks, some of the 134 captives are in the hands of other groups or militants, and more than thirty of them have already died, which Hamas blames on Israeli bombings.

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(with information from EFE)