A White House spokesman said on the evening of the 18th that Israel and the Palestinian Islamist organization Hamas have not yet reached an agreement to suspend fighting.
Agence France-Presse and Reuters reported that the spokesman said that the United States was continuing to work hard to broker an agreement between the two parties. Another U.S. official confirmed that Israel and Kazakhstan had not yet reached any agreement.
Reuters previously quoted the Washington Post as reporting that the detailed agreement was six pages long, and that all parties would freeze combat operations for at least five days. At the same time, “the initial 50 hostages, or even more, would be released in batches every 24 hours.” The report also pointed out that every move on the ground will be monitored from the air to ensure that combat operations are not suspended. This pause is also intended to allow more humanitarian aid to enter Gaza.
The National Security Council of the White House quickly responded on social media, denying any major breakthrough. White House National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said in a statement: “A deal has not yet been reached, but we will continue to work hard.”
The Palestinian armed organization Hamas launched a raid on Israel on October 7 and took about 240 hostages. Israel immediately counterattacked. As the conflict entered its seventh week, the authorities in the Gaza Strip ruled by Hamas stated that the Gaza Strip The death toll in Samoa has increased to 12,300, including 5,000 children.
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