New proposal presented in Gaza ceasefire negotiations in Cairo

New proposal presented in Gaza ceasefire negotiations in Cairo

In the latest round of negotiations in Cairo, mediators presented a new proposal for a three-stage ceasefire in Gaza, as reported by sources to Al Jazeera on Monday.

The proposal reportedly includes the return of unarmed displaced civilians to the northern Gaza Strip, without specifying the numbers, and Israeli Occupation’s acceptance of opening Al-Rashid and Salah Al-Din Streets with its forces stationed 500 meters away.

Additionally, the proposal involves bringing in 500 aid trucks daily to Gaza, including the north, and the release of 900 Palestinian detainees, including 100 with life sentences, in the first stage, in exchange for the release of 40 living Israeli Occupation captives.

The second phase encompasses the release of all Israeli Occupation captives and finalizing negotiations for a sustained calm. However, the proposal lacks details about the number of Palestinian prisoners to be released in the second phase or Israeli Occupation’s withdrawal.

Hamas sources expressed that the Israeli Occupation stance in the negotiations still poses hurdles to reaching an agreement. Israeli Occupation ‘s response reportedly requires displaced individuals to return to shelter camps set up by international bodies rather than to their homes.

CIA Director William Burns visited Cairo over the weekend for discussions on captive release. The United States views the negotiations seriously and hopes for a swift agreement, which could lead to a ceasefire for approximately six weeks.

Regarding potential military action in Rafah, southern Gaza, the US spokesperson said that there’s no imminent major Israeli Occupation ground operation, adding that Israeli Occupation assured no such action would occur before discussing it further.

Source: Roya News English