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What is Egypt’s plan for Gaza?

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A Hamas delegation is going to Cairo on Friday to discuss Egypt’s three-phase plan on the Gaza ceasefire issue. Osama Hamdan, the group’s senior leader, said Hamas is willing to accept any plan for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.

US Secretary of State Blinken will visit the Middle East again next week to discuss a ceasefire in Gaza. Earlier, he visited the region three more times on this issue.

Ahead of Blinken’s visit, Egypt, the mediator, has unveiled a three-step plan to resolve the ceasefire issue. In the first phase of the plan, Hamas will release all Israeli hostages in exchange for the release of Palestinian prisoners during a 10-day temporary ceasefire. In the second phase, Hamas will release female members of the Israeli army in a temporary ceasefire of another week.

In the third phase, the Palestinian Liberation Organization will release all Israeli troops in exchange for the withdrawal of troops from Gaza through month-long negotiations.

Osama Hamdan, the senior leader of Hamas, says, “We agree to any proposal to guarantee the end of the Gaza invasion. Our people want a permanent ceasefire, not a temporary one. Another thing I want to confirm is that Palestinian issues are the sole decision of the Palestinian people. Our people will not accept leadership that comes under the protection of Zionists or US tanks.’

Meanwhile, Israeli forces have intensified attacks in central and southern Gaza. On Friday, several Palestinians were killed in attacks on the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central region and earlier on a residential building in the southern region of Rafah. According to the United Nations, about 1.5 million Palestinians have gathered at the Rafah border after leaving central Gaza to escape Israeli attacks.

The United Nations refugee agency UNRWA in Palestine has warned that 40 percent of Gaza’s population is at risk of starvation due to continued Israeli shelling. Meanwhile, the organization reiterated its call for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

Qatar-based media Al-Jazeera reported in a report that 210 people were killed in Gaza in 24 hours by Israel’s attack. At least 21 thousand 320 people have been killed in Gaza since October 7. 55 thousand 603 people were injured.

On the other hand, Israel claimed that 1,200 people were killed in Israel by Hamas attacks. In addition, Hamas forces took 242 hostages.



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