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No Gaza cease-fire deal soon, as Israel or Hamas didn’t fully embraced US-backed proposal: Biden

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No Gaza cease-fire deal soon, as Israel or Hamas didn’t fully embraced US-backed proposal: Biden

The US President Joe Biden on Thursday said he doesn’t expect to seal a Gaza cease-fire deal in the near future, as an American-backed proposal with global support has not been fully embraced by Israel or Hamas.

Biden said international leaders had discussed the cease-fire at the Group of Seven summit in Italy, but when asked by reporters if a truce deal wound be reached soon, Biden replied simply, “No,” adding, “I haven’t lost hope,” reports AP.

The Palestinian militant group responded to the proposal this week by offering changes, which it said aim to guarantee a permanent cease-fire and complete Israeli troop withdrawal from Gaza. The proposal announced by Biden includes those provisions, but Hamas has expressed wariness whether Israel will implement the terms.

Earlier Thursday, U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan pushed back against assertions that Israel isn’t fully committed to the cease-fire plan. Sullivan said the goal is “to figure out how we work to bridge the remaining gaps and get to a deal.”

And on the Israel-Lebanon border, Hezbollah militants launched rockets and explosive drones against Israeli military posts for a second day in retaliation for the killing of a senior commander. The escalation comes as some Israeli leaders have threatened all-out war to silence Hezbollah’s rocket fire, and as the militant group seeks to pressure Israel during the cease-fire negotiations in support of its ally Hamas.

 Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza has killed more than 37,100 people, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry, which does not distinguish between combatants and civilians in its count. Palestinians are facing widespread hunger because the war has largely cut off the flow of food, medicine and other supplies. U.N. agencies say over 1 million in Gaza could experience the highest level of starvation by mid-July.

 Israel launched the war after Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack, in which militants stormed into southern Israel, killed some 1,200 people — mostly civilians — and abducted about 250.

Israeli strike on house kills a woman in southern Lebanon

A woman was fatally wounded by an Israeli strike on a house in southern Lebanon late Thursday between the towns of Jannata and Deir Qanoun al-Nahar, the state-run National News Agency reported.

Local media reported the strike hit a three-story residential building and that a number of wounded people, including women and children, were transported to local hospitals, which put out a call for blood donations.

It was not immediately clear who the target of the strike was. The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and Israeli forces have clashed almost daily for more than eight months against the backdrop of the war in Gaza.

The clashes have escalated in recent days. On Tuesday, Israel killed the highest-ranking Hezbollah commander in the conflict to date. The militant group has responded by intensifying its barrages of missiles fired into northern Israel.

Bd pratidin English/Lutful Hoque

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