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Gaza Ceasefire Efforts Stumble, Hostage Release Key Hurdle In Ramadhan 2024

Gaza Ceasefire Efforts Stumble, Hostage Release Key Hurdle In Ramadhan 2024_e0444387_02324060.jpg

Asthe holy month of Ramadan approaches, hopes for a ceasefire between Israel andHamas in Gaza are fading. Despite ongoing negotiation efforts facilitated byEgypt, Qatar, and the United States, the demand for hostage release remains amajor stumbling block.

Hamasleader Ismail Haniyeh has called for a ceasefire to protect the Palestinianpeople. He even offered to exchange Israeli prisoners for the release ofPalestinian prisoners from Tel Aviv's jails without any additional militarystrikes. Haniyeh also hoped to reach an agreement with Israel to end the war,ensure the safe withdrawal of troops, and open humanitarian aid access to Gaza.

However,on the Israeli side, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is still refusing toagree to a ceasefire before Hamas makes concrete efforts to release all Israelihostages first. "Without release, there will be no lull in thefighting," he stated firmly. Netanyahu even stipulated that Hamas mustdismantle its military wing and step down from governing Gaza if it wants thewar to end.

Addressingthe situation, US President Joe Biden has committed to continuing to facilitateceasefire efforts between the two sides as Ramadan begins, although it appearsthe process will remain arduous. Hostage release has become the key toachieving a peaceful solution in this region of prolonged conflict.

Howfar both sides are willing to compromise will determine whether Ramadan in Gazacan be celebrated in a peaceful atmosphere or still marred by the whizzing ofbullets as before. The world watches with bated breath for an end to this cycleof violence.


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