/ 04 March 2024

A Gaza ceasefire deal is imminent…


That’s according to US officials, who say Israel has “more or less accepted” a deal that would see a 6-week ceasefire in Gaza. Hamas and mediators have met in Cairo, but reports this morning say Israel wants the names of hostages still alive before it agrees to talks. You can read about it in detail here, but the deal put together by Qatari, Egyptian and US authorities would see the fighting stop for an initial period and allow for the release of “vulnerable” hostages taken from Israel on 7 October. It would also allow critical aid to get to Palestinian civilians. Just on that, the US made its first aid airdrop on Saturday, delivering more than 38,000 meals along Gaza’s coastline with help from Jordan’s Air Force. No water or medical supplies were included, and aid agencies have criticised the move. While the US says supplies are getting through, the UN said airdrops are “a lousy way to deliver aid”. 

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