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Hamas official denies media reports of ceasefire talks resuming

A Hamas official denied Israeli media reports that Gaza ceasefire talks would resume in Cairo on Tuesday. “There is no date,” the unnamed Hamas official told Reuters news agency when asked about the reports.

An unnamed Israeli official, requesting anonymity to discuss the negotiations, told AFP, “There is an intention to renew these talks this week and there is an agreement.”

The official did not elaborate on the agreement, but Israeli media said intelligence chief David Barnea agreed on a new framework for negotiations in a meeting with US and Qatari mediators in Paris.

Mediator Egypt is continuing “its efforts to reactivate ceasefire negotiations”, reported Al-Qahera News, which has links with Egyptian intelligence.

Israeli soldier seriously wounded in north Gaza fighting

The Israeli military says in a short statement another member of its Bislamach Brigade has been “seriously wounded” while fighting against Palestinians in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The unnamed soldier was wounded earlier and taken to hospital for treatment, according to the military. The number of Israeli soldiers wounded since the beginning of the war is 3,581. At least 634 Israeli troops have been killed, according to the Israeli army’s website.

Half of those died in the Oct 7 attacks and some of friendly fire accidents. Yet the resistance seems to be only getting stronger in Gaza.

Qassam Brigades reports series of attacks on Israeli forces

The armed wing of Hamas says one if its fighters hit an Israeli Merkava tank with a Yassin-105 anti-armour rocket in the vicinity of Salah al-Din Gate, south of the city of Rafah in southern Gaza.

It is the sixth attack claimed by the Qassam Brigades today with earlier attacks on Israeli troops and armoured vehicles in northern Gaza.

The group also released a video of an attack in which a tank and a bulldozer were hit at close range in the Jabalia camp in the north – seemingly by the same Palestinian fighter.

Translation: Scenes obtained by Al Jazeera of the battles taking place between the Qassam Brigades and the Israeli army in Rafah in southern Gaza Strip, showing the targeting of a Merkava tank and an Israeli military bulldozer.

Last edited by SvennoJ - on 25 May 2024