2.3 million Palestinians trapped in the Gaza Strip are experiencing a humanitarian crisis as a result of the current conflict between Israel and Hamas. In hopes of providing some relief, the countries Egypt, Qatar and the United States are currently working together to broker a three-day ceasefire and secure the release of hostages being held by Hamas.
This deal would allow more aid, including limited amounts of fuel, to enter the besieged territory to alleviate conditions for the 2.3 million Palestinians living there now.
Two officials from Egypt, one from the United Nations and a Western diplomat have spoken on condition of anonymity about sensitive diplomatic efforts being undertaken in order to reach this agreement. U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration has not specified an exact time frame for this pause but has suggested tying its length to the number of hostages released.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that any temporary cease-fire must be accompanied by hostage releases carried out by Hamas during their October 7th assault on southern Israel.
Reportedly two hundred and forty people with both Israeli and foreign passports are currently being held captive there.
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The deal would enable more aid, including limited amounts of fuel.
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If an agreement can be finalized successfully it would allow limited amounts of fuel as well as other forms of aid such as medicine, food and water into Gaza under supervision from organizations like the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
These resources would be distributed primarily to hospitals, bakeries and other places where they are most needed while helping prevent further escalation between Hamas rulers and Israel’s military campaign against them should their demands remain met over time.
This proposed deal could bring much needed relief to those suffering in Gaza at present while facilitating greater progress towards resolving some of the conflicts taking place across various parts of the region.