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Some Hamas ceasefire proposals in Gaza are unworkable, Blinken

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun13,2024

Some Hamas ceasefire proposals in Gaza are unworkable, – Blinken

Photo: Anthony Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday, June 12, that in response to the US plan to achieve a ceasefire in Gaza, Hamas has proposed “numerous changes” to the Gaza Strip. and that while some of these changes are feasible, others are not.

Speaking at a news conference in Doha, Blinken said some of Hamas's response offers went beyond what the group had previously agreed to during talks on a cease-fire and the release of hostages held in Gaza, Voice of America reported.

The secretary of state is in Doha holding talks with key peace broker Qatar after Hamas responded to a U.S. cease-fire proposal.

Blinken is on a four-nation Middle East trip seeking to persuade Hamas to accept the truce plan.

Hamas, responding to a proposal presented May 31 by President Joe Biden, proposed a series of amendments on Tuesday, including the timing of a ceasefire and a complete withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza.

Biden's plan calls for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from "major populated areas points” and a six-week ceasefire, to be extended once negotiators reach a permanent agreement.

On Tuesday, June 11, Blinken said from Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supported Biden's plan. The Israeli government has not officially announced its approval.

Blinken is meeting in Doha with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, who also heads the country's diplomatic service, the State Department said .

Later on Wednesday, June 12, Blinken travels to Italy to join President Biden for the G7 summit.

Prepared by: Sergei Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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