Israel-Hamas War: Ceasefire talks stall as Ramadan begins

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The Muslim holy month of Ramadan has begun with no sign of a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas War. There are mounting fears of famine in the Gaza Strip and there are concerns that tension could escalate at the holy sites of Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defended his policies and has vowed to move ahead with plans for a military offensive in Rafah.

The Israeli leader’s remarks come as cease-fire talk stalled. There are no indicators as to when the talks would resume. Hamas spokesperson Hossam Badran said, “There is nothing new”, adding that Netanyahu refuses to respond to fair Palestinian demands regarding Gaza’s basic needs. He listed that factors being considered are “stopping the killing, withdrawal, providing relief and the return of the displaced people without conditions.”

Israeli officials had previously warned that if hostages held in Gaza were not freed by the start of Ramadan, they would launch a military offensive into Rafah. According to multiple Israeli officials, this offensive into Rafah is not imminent but did not rule out the possibility of an attack during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

President Joe Biden said yesterday that US President Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “hurting more than helping” Israel in failing to limit civilian casualties in Gaza. He added that a potential Israeli invasion of the southern city of Rafah, where more than 1.5 million Palestinians are sheltering, is “a red line.” Biden has warned that Israel risks losing international support as the death toll of civilian casualties has passed 31,000. However, he said he would not cut off weapons like the Iron Dome missile interceptors that protect Israel from rocket attacks in the region.

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