Situation in Gaza cannot afford delay of ceasefire - Egyptian President

A new round of talks for a Gaza cease-fire started in Cairo on Sunday.

07 Mar 2024 08:30pm
A picture taken from Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip on March 6, 2024 shows an Israeli army tank moving along the border area, as battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas continue. (Photo by AFP)
A picture taken from Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip on March 6, 2024 shows an Israeli army tank moving along the border area, as battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas continue. (Photo by AFP)
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CAIRO - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Wednesday that the situation in the Gaza Strip cannot afford any further delay in reaching a ceasefire agreement.

"The humanitarian situation in Gaza cannot afford further delays in reaching decisive solutions for a cease-fire," Anadolu Agency reported al-Sisi said during his meeting with the Foreign Affairs Committee of the British House of Commons delegation in Cairo.

The meeting discussed "the regional situation, particularly in the Gaza Strip," according to a statement by the Egyptian Presidency.

Since Sunday, negotiations have been underway in the Egyptian capital Cairo involving Egypt, the US, Qatar, and Hamas, according to the Egyptian state-run Al-Qahera News TV.

A new round of talks for a Gaza cease-fire started in Cairo on Sunday with the participation of delegates from Egypt, Qatar, the US, and Hamas.

According to Israeli media, mediators seek to bridge differences between Israel and Hamas on the details of the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, as well as the prisoners to be released from both sides.

Israel has waged a deadly military offensive, now on its 153rd day, on the Gaza Strip since an Oct 7, killing at least 30,700 Palestinians and wounding over 72,000 others amid mass destruction and shortages of necessities.

Israel has also imposed a crippling blockade on the Gaza Strip, leaving its population, particularly residents of northern Gaza, on the verge of starvation.

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