Gaza, Israel continues the siege on Hamas: raids on Khan Yunis and Maghazi

Over 150 targets belonging to the terrorist group were hit over the last day. Blinken in Ramallah today to meet Mahmoud Abbas. Egyptian intelligence working with Islamic Jihad to resume negotiations

Israel’s siege of Hamas in the Gaza Strip continues unabated. According to the latest news today, January 10, 2024, Tel Aviv troops continue to bombard areas in and around Maghazi and Khan Younis and Over 150 targets have been hit in the last 24 hours belonging to the terrorist group. In particular in Maghazi the troops of the Golani Brigade directed air attacks against numerous Hamas exponents and have 15 tunnels discovered. During a raid in the area soldiers found rocket launchers, rockets, drones and explosives.

In Khan Younis, the 98th Division directed airstrikes on more than 10 Hamas members in their area of ​​operations. Dozens of other militiamen were killed by units of the 98th Division during the day, according to the IDF, and also in Khan Younis, reservists of the Kiryati Brigade identified a Hamas agent planting an explosive device near a used road by the troops. The soldiers ordered an air intervention, we read in the Times of Israel.

15 Palestinians killed in attack north of Rafah

In deadly Israeli attacks at night at least 15 people, mostly women and childrenbelonging to the same family as Rafah, and six people taking refuge in refugee camps in central Gaza, were killed in an air raid that targeted a house in Tall as-Sultan. “We were bombed tonight while we were in a house full of displaced people,” said Harb Nofal, a resident of the targeted house, adding that “there are four women among those killed and innocent children among those killed.”

Egyptian intelligence working with Hamas and Islamic Jihad to resume negotiations

The head of Egyptian intelligence, Abbas Kamel has contacted the leadership of Hamas and Islamic Jihad to discuss a possible resumption of negotiations for the release of the hostages captured during the Hamas attack on Israel on 7 October. This was reported by the Lebanese newspaper ‘Al-Akhbar’. The talks took place after a delegation of Israeli security officials traveled to Egypt on Monday and after the delegation presented a new proposed agreement which included new clauses relating to the ceasefire, humanitarian aid and the mechanism for release of Palestinian hostages and prisoners.

According to sources cited by the Lebanese newspaper, Egypt has asked Palestinian organizations to urgently send representatives to Cairo and has also discussed the issue with Qatar. According to Cairo, “Hamas shows no desire to negotiate unless it sees a document consistent with its demands.” The Egyptians responded that they would “work to formulate a new proposal and send it to the Hamas leadership before a date for sending the delegation to Cairo is decided.”

Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesperson Majid Al-Ansari confirmed yesterday that “Qatari mediation is continuing and that there is an exchange of ideas between Qatar and various parties in this regard.”

Israel Security Cabinet meets

The Israeli security cabinet, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and made up of numerous ministers, will meet this evening to resume discussions on plans for the future of the Gaza Strip after the end of the conflict.

Another meeting on the topic was canceled after previous discussions degenerated into a clash with Defense Forces Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi over the investigation into security lapses prior to the October 7 attack . The ‘Times of Israel’ reports.

Blinken in Ramallah today to meet Mahmoud Abbas

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Ramallah to meet with Palestinian National Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas. At the top of the agenda of the talks is the role of the PNA in the future of the Gaza Strip. Last night, during a press conference in Tel Aviv, Blinken said that the PNA ”has the responsibility to reform itself, to improve its governance” and he would talk to Abbas about this.

Outside the meeting venue, Palestinian security forces broke up a peaceful protest against Blinken’s visit and his talks with Abbas.

Blinken will then make a surprise stop in Bahrain, a spokesperson for the US State Department announced, announcing a scheduled meeting between Blinken and King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in Bahrain, the base of the US Fifth Fleet. The talks will focus on how to prevent a regional escalation of the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. In the original agenda, at the end of the meeting with the leader of the PA, Blinken was supposed to leave for Jordan, where talks with King Abdullah II were scheduled.

Five Palestinians injured during raids in Nablus

Five Palestinians were injured during a raid in Nablus, West Bank. The victims, including a minor and an elderly woman, were hit by bullets fired by Israeli forces, Palestinian news agency Wafa reports. One of the wounded was also beaten by Israeli forces, the agency writes, citing ambulance personnel who responded to the scene. Israeli forces blocked access to the Old City and deployed snipers on the rooftops. Troops also raided several homes and offices, including the office of the Palestinian Fatah party, Wafa reported. The raid on Nablus was one of several nighttime raids in areas near Ramallah, Hebron, Tulkarem, el-Bireh and Tubas.

Egyptian intelligence working with Hamas and Islamic Jihad to resume negotiations

Beirut, 10 Jan. (Adnkronos)

The head of Egyptian intelligence, Abbas Kamel, has contacted the leadership of Hamas and Islamic Jihad to discuss a possible resumption of negotiations for the release of hostages captured during the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7. This was reported by the Lebanese newspaper ‘Al-Akhbar’. The talks took place after a delegation of Israeli security officials traveled to Egypt on Monday and after the delegation presented a new proposed agreement which included new clauses relating to the ceasefire, humanitarian aid and the mechanism for release of Palestinian hostages and prisoners.

According to sources cited by the Lebanese newspaper, Egypt has asked Palestinian organizations to urgently send representatives to Cairo and has also discussed the issue with Qatar. According to Cairo, “Hamas shows no desire to negotiate unless it sees a document consistent with its demands.” The Egyptians responded that they would “work to formulate a new proposal and send it to the Hamas leadership before a date for sending the delegation to Cairo is decided.”

Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesperson Majid Al-Ansari confirmed yesterday that “Qatari mediation is continuing and that there is an exchange of ideas between Qatar and various parties in this regard.”



Source-www.adnkronos.com