The US, Egypt, Israel and Qatar are expected to meet in Cairo on Tuesday to work on a hostage deal between Israel and Hamas that will lead to a six-week ceasefire. Speaking after talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah II at the White House Monday, US President Joe Biden said: “A major military operation in Rafah should not proceed without a credible plan for ensuring the safety and support of more than 1 million people sheltering there”. Read our liveblog for the latest developments in the Israel-Hamas war.
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- At least 67 Palestinians were killed of Israeli airstrikes in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, according to Palestinian hospital officials.
- Israel announced the rescue of two hostages after a raid in Rafah on Monday.
- Senior officials from the US, Egypt, Israel and Qatar are expected to meet on Tuesday in Cairo to work on a three-phase framework that would see the release of the hostages and reach a long-term ceasefire.
- US President Joe Biden and Jordan’s King Abdullah continued to press for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip as senior negotiators resumed work Tuesday on an Israel-Hamas accord.
- UN human rights chief Volker Türk warned a attack on Rafah will be “Fearful“. He warned that an “extremely high number of civilians, mostly children and women, are likely to die and be injured”.
- The US says it does not support a full military operation in Rafah no plan to protect civilians.
- An Israeli air strike on Monday seriously wounded a local Hezbollah official in his car in southern Lebanon.
- Gaza’s health ministry, which is run by Hamas, said the at least 28,340 people died and 67,984 were injured in the Israeli strike on the enclave since October 7, the majority of women and children. Israeli officials say about 1,140 people were killed in attacks led by Hamas on October 7 in southern Israel. Militant fighters took 250 hostages during the attack and 132 are still in Gaza, according to Israeli figures.
- France evacuated 42 people from Gaza on Monday, including French nationals and staff of a French cultural institute, the foreign ministry said.
- The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court expressed deep concern on Monday about a possible Israeli ground offensive in Rafah in Gaza, warning anyone who violates international law will be held accountable.
- The armed wing of Hamas said Monday that three of the eight Israeli hostages who were seriously injured after Israeli airstrikes died of their injuries.
- The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, told reporters on Monday that the international community might consider giving Israel arms.
Philippe Lazzarini, head of the UN agency for Palestinians UNRWA, said he has “no intention of resigning” following allegations that some staff members took part in the Hamas-led attack on Israel last October 7.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP, Reuters)