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Hamas chief Haniyeh in Cairo for talks on Gaza situation

Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh

The leader of the Hamas resistance movement has arrived in Cairo to hold talks with Egyptian officials about the political situation in the war-torn Gaza Strip amid Israel's genocidal war on the Palestinian territory.

In a statement, Hamas said its political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh had arrived in Cairo on Tuesday to “hold discussions with Egyptian officials on the political situation and the situation in the field.”

According to the statement, Haniyeh and his accompanying delegation would also discuss “efforts to stop the aggression, provide relief to citizens, and achieve the goals of our Palestinian people.”

Earlier, the Hamas chief had held responsible Tel Aviv for blocking the way to a ceasefire in Gaza.

Last week, mediators from Egypt, Qatar and the United States held a flurry of meetings with both Israeli and Hamas negotiators to reach an agreement for a lasting ceasefire in an attempt to halt the daily massacre of Palestinians by the ongoing Israeli military campaign in the Gaza Strip, but all to no avail so far.

Israel waged a brutal war on besieged Gaza on October 7 after Hamas carried out its historic operation against the occupying entity in retaliation for its intensified atrocities against the Palestinian people.

So far, the Tel Aviv regime has killed at least 29,092 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injured 69,028 others.

The occupying regime also plans to launch in early March a ground invasion of Rafah, which shelters three-quarters of the displaced Palestinian population in sprawling tent encampments without access to adequate food, water or medicine.

Regarding the prospect of a ceasefire in the enclave, Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday “The pattern in the last few days is not really very promising.”

Also on Saturday, Haniyeh once again emphasized Hamas’s demands that include a ceasefire, an Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, an end to Israel’s years-long blockade of the territory, and safe shelter for hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinian civilians.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed some of these demands as “delusional.”

In a joint assessment published on Monday, the UN agencies for children, food, and health warned that at least 90 percent of Gaza children under five are affected by one or more infectious diseases.

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