Israel’s war on Gaza live: Hamas says it accepts ceasefire proposal

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By Maziar Motamedi and Usaid Siddiqui

    · Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has sent word of the group’s acceptance of a ceasefire proposal to Qatari and Egyptian mediators.

    · Thousands of people flee eastern Rafah after Israel orders people to evacuate as fears of a full-blown military assault on the city sheltering more than one million displaced people grow.

    · Hamas says any Israeli military offensive on Rafah in southern Gaza will not be a “picnic”, adds it is “fully prepared” to defend Palestinians.

    · Meanwhile, talks in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, appeared to stall and the Israeli cabinet voted unanimously to close Al Jazeera’s operations in the country.

    · At least 34,735 people have been killed and 78,108 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7. The death toll in Israel from Hamas’s October 7 attacks stands at 1,139, with dozens of people still held captive.

    Does the Hamas announcement mean a finalised agreement?

    It was clear something major was developing in the ceasefire talks after CIA chief William Burns travelled to Doha on Sunday, but details are key, according to Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra.

    “We know this is a phased plan. We know it’s based on an exchange of captives and prisoners as part of a ceasefire, followed by part two, including another exchange. Phase three is going to be more about the reconstruction [of Gaza],” he said.

    “Hamas has been insisting until yesterday evening that it will accept a deal if there is a strong guarantee, particularly from the Americans and the mediators that there is going to be a permanent ceasefire.”

    Alhelbarra said it is still unclear which exact terms Hamas has agreed to, or whether it has made the announcement to see if Israel will follow suit.

    “I think we have to give it the upcoming hours to understand exactly what Hamas means. Does it mean that they got strong guarantees from the mediators – Qatar particularly, and the Egyptians – that as soon as they say yes, during the three phases of the agreement there will be no breach of the ceasefire? We don’t know yet.”

    “For me, a strong indication is when the Qataris come out and say publicly there is a deal.”

    No confirmation from Israeli side

by Bernard Smith

    It’s very understandable to see the enthusiasm, excitement and relief in Gaza after Hamas accepted the terms of a ceasefire proposal.

    However, from the Israeli side, there is absolutely no confirmation.

    In fact from Israeli media, a suggestion is being made that this is not a proposal Israel will accept. Channel 13 in Israel, which is usually quite reliable, says that Hamas has accepted a watered-down Egyptian proposal, which is not acceptable to the Israelis.

    Only a couple of hours ago, Yoav Gallant, Israel’s defence minister, told the families of the captives that Hamas has rejected all proposals that would enable us to recover the prisoners, and so it requires us to begin an operation in Rafah.

    We’ve not been privy to the exact details of what this agreement [Hamas has accepted] is, but there’s nothing official from the Israelis.

    ‘We will survive until we get our freedom’

    A young Palestinian man says he wants the world to know that Palestinians will survive the war on Gaza.

    “We feel so happy that finally Hamas has agreed about the ceasefire but now we are waiting for an Israeli agreement and we hope that they will say it,” he tells Al Jazeera from Rafah.

    “It’s after 212 days of genocide, of displacement, of killing of children, women and elderly, even nurses and doctors. It’s about time we have shown the world that we have survived.”

    “Gaza is so small but we have survived after 212 days of attacks by the most advanced technical weapons against us. We will not forget and we will not forgive. Everything we have witnessed in this war will be written in history. Palestinians will survive until we get our freedom.”

    “We have survived to return to our lands.”

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