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🔴 Live: Israeli signals progress in Gaza truce talks, delegation to be sent to Qatar

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February 25, 2024

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After an Israeli delegation was sent to Paris for ceasefire talks on Saturday, Israeli discussed of  progress in mediated negotiations on a new Gaza truce to recover hostages held by Hamas. According to local media, the meeting had concluded with the cabinet agreeing to send a delegation to Qatar in the coming days to continue the talks, as concern deepens over the increasingly desperate situation faced by civilians in the devastated Gaza Strip. Read our liveblog for all the latest updates on the Israel-Hamas war. 

A vendor waits for customers along a street in Gaza City on February 24, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip between Israel and the Palestinian militant Hamas movement.
A vendor waits for customers along a street in Gaza City on February 24, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip between Israel and the Palestinian militant Hamas movement. © AFP

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Summary:

  • An Israeli delegation led by spy chief David Barnea was in Paris for ceasefire talks on Saturday with the US, Qatar and Egypt, as National security adviser Tzachi Hanegbi signaled progress in talks, during a televised interview: “there is probably room to move towards an agreement.
  • After Israeli leaders convened on progress made in the talks, the meeting had concluded with the Israeli cabinet agreeing to send a delegation to Qatar in the coming days to continue the talks, local media reported.
  • More than 100 people were reported killed early Saturday in overnight strikes across Gaza, the enclave’s health ministry announced.
  • At least 29,606 people have been killed and 69,737 wounded in Israeli strikes in Gaza, two thirds of which are children and women, the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said on Saturday. Around 1,140 people were killed in the Hamas-led October 7 attacks, according to Israeli officials. Around 250 people were taken hostage during the attack and 132 are still in Gaza, according to Israeli figures.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP, Reuters)

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