June 11, 2024

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BREAKING: 3-day ceasefire talks start in Paris for Gaza

NEGOTIATIONS are underway to reach a three-day humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza, in exchange for the release of about a dozen hostages held by Hamas.
That’s according to two officials from Egypt, one from the United Nations and a Western diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive diplomatic efforts.
Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron has opened a Gaza aid conference with appeal to Israel to protect civilians.
The ceasefire deal talks which began about 15.00 hours Nigerian time would enable more aid, including limited amounts of fuel, to enter the besieged territory to alleviate worsening conditions for the 2.3 million Palestinians trapped there.
It is being brokered by Qatar, Egypt and the United States, according to officials and the diplomat quoted by Associated Press (AP) news agency.
In Paris, officials from Western and Arab nations, the United Nations and nongovernmental organisations are gathering this Thursday afternoon for a conference on how to provide aid to civilians in the Gaza Strip.
French President Emmanuel Macron called for a “humanitarian pause” in Israel’s war with Hamas.
The war, now in its second month, was triggered by the October 7 Hamas attack on southern Israel.
President Macron opened a Gaza aid conference today with an appeal for Israel to protect civilians as it fights Hamas, saying “all lives have equal worth” and that fighting terrorism “can never be carried out without rules.”
The gathering in Paris brought together officials from Western and Arab nations, the United Nations and nongovernmental organizations, with the aim of providing urgent aid to civilians in the Gaza Strip
Macron reiterates calls for a humanitarian pause in Israel’s operations. He says that by attacking Israel on October 7, Hamas “shouldered the responsibility for exposing Palestinians to terrible consequences,” and he again defends Israel’s right to defend itself.
But Macron also stresses that civilians must be protected: “It’s absolutely essential; it is non-negotiable,” he says.