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Hamas Condemns Israel's Tactics Amid New Bombings, International Pressure Mounts

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Hamas leader Osama Hamdan denounces Israel's return to negotiations without a ceasefire amidst new bombings in Gaza. The International Court of Justice and global leaders call for immediate humanitarian access.

Hamas Leader Criticizes Israel Over Negotiation Stance Amid Fresh Conflict Escalations

The leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), Osama Hamdan, reiterated that Hamas' position remains unchanged since the start of negotiations last January. Hamdan emphasized that there will be no return to negotiations without a ceasefire, withdrawal of occupation forces, the return of the displaced, and adherence to the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) decisions. During an interview with Al Jazeera, Hamdan described recent Israeli statements about returning to negotiations as evasive tactics to sidestep the ICJ’s judgments and to absolve the United States of its participation in the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

International Calls for Ceasefire and Humanitarian Access

Meanwhile, international pressure mounts on Israel following its latest military actions in Rafah, despite the ICJ's order to halt operations. The ICJ's ruling, which mandates a cessation of hostilities and the opening of the Egypt-Gaza border crossing for humanitarian aid, has been largely ignored. This led to calls from global leaders and organizations for Israel to comply. The ruling also requires Hamas to release hostages taken during its early October incursions into Israel.

International diplomatic efforts to mediate a truce continue, with notable meetings in Paris involving American, Israeli, and Qatari representatives. Despite these discussions, neither side appears ready to commit firmly to the ICJ's directives. Israel remains resolute in its military strategy, citing ongoing threats, while Hamas insists on previously agreed terms before any further negotiation talks.

The humanitarian situation in Gaza worsens daily, with UN officials raising alarms about impending famine, malfunctioning hospitals, and significant displacements. The conflict, which originated with a series of deadly attacks by Hamas on October 7 and Israel's subsequent military response, has resulted in thousands of civilian casualties on both sides.

  • Hamdan alleged that Israel’s calls for negotiations are superficial and aimed at gaining more time for military operations. He asserted that any new proposals from Israel lack trust and credibility, given their history of retracting agreed terms.
  • Israeli media have highlighted that the country’s intelligence chief and other officials have been in discussions to devise a new framework for negotiations. U.S. diplomatic efforts, spearheaded by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other high-ranking officials, are pushing for a ceasefire and the reopening of essential humanitarian gateways.
  • The recent Israeli bombings in Rafah, Khan Younis, and Gaza City have intensified the conflict. With both sides holding firm to their respective positions, the chances of a quick resolution appear slim. The crisis continues to garner international attention, with key figures and organizations advocating for immediate humanitarian relief and a halt to violence.
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