In Tel Aviv, reports suggest an imminent temporary ceasefire aiming to secure the release of hostages. The White House promptly responded, assuring no delays in the agreement. Simultaneously, Gaza witnessed an alarming death toll exceeding 13,300, with intensified attacks. The Houthi rebels, having captured an Israeli-owned ship, issued a strong warning against foreign intervention in Yemen’s territorial waters. Meanwhile, an official delegation from Arab and Muslim countries engaged in talks with Chinese leaders in Beijing.
According to the Israel Broadcasting Authority, Israel has signed a Qatar-brokered agreement for a temporary ceasefire and hostage exchange, awaiting Hamas’ response. President Joe Biden affirmed the impending reality of the agreement, emphasizing ongoing efforts for the hostages’ release and a temporary ceasefire.
Leaders of Islamic Jihad and Hamas, Ziad al-Nakhla and Ismail Haniyeh, held nocturnal discussions amid indications that the month-and-a-half-long war is escalating. Concurrently, Israeli military attacks intensified in refugee camps and hospitals, resulting in a death toll exceeding 13,300, including 5,600 children and 3,550 women. The number of injuries surpassed 31,000, with 75% being children and women. Hamas attributes the Israeli army’s failure to achieve objectives to escalating massacres.
The Al-Qassam Brigade claimed responsibility for killing seven soldiers and destroying 60 military vehicles in the last three days. Israel reported 66 soldiers killed in Gaza since the ground war began. A drone attack by Hezbollah from Lebanon further shocked Israel, with 25 rockets hitting Kiryat Shimona and destroying a military base.
These developments paint a complex picture of diplomatic efforts, military actions, and a rising humanitarian crisis, underscoring the urgency for a resolution in the ongoing conflict.