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US Reports Israel’s Acceptance of Gaza Ceasefire Framework

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According to a senior US official in the Biden administration, there exists a framework deal for a potential six-week truce in Gaza. The crucial development is that Israel has essentially endorsed this framework, paving the way for a potential ceasefire. However, the ball is now in the court of the Palestinian group Hamas, who must decide whether to agree to the terms.

The announcement comes just ahead of scheduled talks in Egypt, where efforts to reach a truce agreement are set to resume. International mediators have been diligently working for weeks to broker a deal that would temporarily halt the ongoing conflict. The timing is significant, as it aligns with the approach of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins around March 10.

The proposed framework includes a six-week ceasefire and an essential component: the release of captives by Hamas. These captives are considered vulnerable and include the sick, wounded, elderly, and women. Additionally, if a deal is reached, it could facilitate aid reaching hundreds of thousands of desperate Palestinians in northern Gaza, where humanitarian officials warn of an impending famine.

Israel’s strict restrictions on the entry of food, water, medicine, and other supplies into the Gaza Strip have exacerbated the crisis since the war began on October 7. The situation remains delicate, and the outcome of these negotiations will significantly impact the lives of those affected by the conflict.

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