Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Qatar for ceasefire talks in Gaza | News of the Israeli war on Gaza
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Doha to hold talks on a ceasefire in Gaza with the Emir of Qatar, whose country is at the heart of the conflict. Mediation efforts Between Israel and Hamas.
The official Palestinian News Agency (Wafa) said that Abbas would meet with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, on Monday, but did not say whether he would also meet with leaders of Hamas, a group that has long been at odds with Abbas and the Fatah movement, which takes… Based in the West Bank. group.
Palestinian Ambassador to Qatar Mounir Ghannam told Voice of Palestine radio on Sunday that Abbas and the Emir will discuss efforts to ensure a ceasefire in Gaza with Israel and ways to increase aid to the Strip’s 2.3 million residents.
He added: “Qatar plays an important role in international efforts and mediations to reach a ceasefire. Ghanem said: “Therefore, coordination with Qatar, as well as with Egypt, is of particular importance to put an end to this aggression against our people.”
Qatar hosts Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, in addition to another senior leader in the movement, Khaled Meshaal, who handles diaspora affairs in the Hamas political bureau.
The visit comes at a time when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to strengthen his plans Ground attack on RafahDespite growing international concern about the potential consequences for the 1.4 million Palestinian civilians crowded into the city located in the southern Gaza Strip.
The United States, Israel’s main international ally, warned that the attack on Rafah could be a “disaster,” and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that Palestinian civilians in the city “have nowhere to go.”
Egypt warned of “serious consequences” of a possible Israeli military attack on the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, near its border.
The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that Egypt called for the need to unify all international and regional efforts to prevent the targeting of the Palestinian city of Rafah.
Muhammad Nazzal, a senior Hamas figure, told Al Jazeera that Netanyahu “wants the war to continue to remain in power, and does not want to lose his right-wing coalition.”
“He wants the fight to continue until the US elections in November so that (Donald) Trump wins,” Nazzal said.
Israel began its assault on Gaza on October 7 after Hamas militants carried out a surprise attack on southern Israel, killing at least 1,139 people and taking about 240 others hostage, according to Israeli officials.
After the attack, Israel launched a devastating bombardment and ground invasion that reduced much of the Gaza Strip to rubble and killed more than 28,100 people, according to Palestinian authorities.
Talks to reach an agreement on a ceasefire and the release of the hostages have so far failed to reach an agreement. Last week, Israel rejected a proposal from Hamas, saying that it would not stop the fighting while the movement maintained brigades that Israel says are hiding in Rafah.
Last Thursday, a Hamas delegation was in Cairo and left the next day after holding talks with Egyptian and Qatari officials for ceasefire talks.
While Hamas has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, the areas of the West Bank occupied by Israel are governed by the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority.
Abbas’s authority has been largely reduced to the West Bank, which is larger than the Gaza Strip but also divided by Israeli settlements.
Previous attempts led by Egypt to resolve the differences between Hamas and Fatah have so far failed to end the disputes, which analysts say weaken Palestinian efforts to secure a state of their own on the lands now occupied by Israel.
Meanwhile, Israeli officials blame The Palestinian Authority for failing to control factions including Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which called on Israel to lift the siege on the Gaza Strip and end its occupation of Palestinian territories.
Successive Israeli governments have expanded settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories in violation of international law.
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