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Hamas Engages in New Cease-Fire Talks in Egypt Amid War in Gaza

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Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh.

Hamas has initiated another round of cease-fire negotiations in Egypt, signalling potential progress toward ending the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

The discussions come amid increasing mediation efforts by Egypt and the United States, which recently showed signs of a possible compromise between Israel and Hamas.

The conflict, now nearing its seven-month mark, has led to severe devastation in Gaza, with a recent United Nations report stating that the reconstruction of homes could take until 2040.

Furthermore, the proposed cease-fire plan involves a three-stage process that includes an immediate six-week truce and partial release of Israeli hostages, followed by talks on a permanent calm and Israeli withdrawal from Gaza.

The leader of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, expressed optimism on the discussions, noting his recent communications with Egypt’s intelligence chief and the prime minister of Qatar, both key figures in the mediation process.

Despite the ongoing discussions, the outcome remains uncertain, with Hamas seeking assurances for a complete Israeli withdrawal and an end to the conflict.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu maintains a firm stance on continuing military actions and retaining security control in Gaza to prevent Hamas from rearming themselves.

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