REPORTS OF CEASEFIRE DEAL ARE DENIED
A positive-sounding speech by a Qatari spokesman at Johns Hopkins College in Washington briefly triggered some celebrations in Gaza – and a drop within the value of crude oil.
However a Qatari official in Doha informed Reuters there was no ceasefire deal but, and that Hamas had “acquired the proposal positively” however not responded but.
And Taher Al-Nono, media adviser to Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh, informed Reuters: “We now have acquired the proposal that was put collectively in Paris however we haven’t but given a response to any of the events.”
“We will’t say that the present stage of negotiation is zero and on the identical time we will’t say that we’ve got reached an settlement.”
Celebratory firing into the air and cheering in central and southern Gaza had been quickly suppressed by an air strike on a home in Gaza’s foremost southern metropolis, Khan Younis, that wounded 13 individuals, in response to hospital officers.
Israel began an enormous floor assault final week to seize Khan Younis, and fight has additionally surged in northern areas that Israel claimed to have subdued weeks in the past.
Defence Minister Yoav Gallant mentioned Israeli forces had now dismantled the Hamas brigade in Khan Younis, and that they’d killed 10,000 Palestinian fighters and wounded the identical quantity once more because the struggle started practically 4 months in the past.
He mentioned these forces would now press on to Rafah on the enclave’s southern edge, the place greater than half of Gaza’s 2.3 million persons are sheltering, primarily chilly and hungry in makeshift tents and public buildings.
Residents mentioned Israeli forces had pounded areas round hospitals in Khan Younis in a single day, and stepped up assaults near Rafah.
Osama Ahmed, 49, a father of 5 from Gaza Metropolis now sheltering in western Khan Younis, mentioned there had been fierce resistance within the metropolis, and relentless bombardment from air, floor and sea as Israeli tanks superior.
“They haven’t entered deep into Al-Mawasi the place we reside however daily they get nearer,” he informed Reuters by telephone. “All we would like is a ceasefire now.”