Prisoner deal ‘edges closer’ despite fierce fighting in Gaza – World


A Palestinian medic tends to untimely infants evacuated from Al Shifa Hospital to the Emirates hospital in Rafah, on Sunday.—AFP

• ‘Minor’ challenges to settlement to free some prisoners, says Qatari PM
• 31 untimely infants evacuated from Al Shifa Hospital
• Hamas fighters battle Israeli forces attempting to push into Jabalia camp

DOHA: Hamas fighters battled Israeli forces attempting to push into Gaza’s largest refugee camp on Sunday, however despite the fighting, US, Qatari and Israeli officers stated a deal to free a few of the prisoners being held in the besieged enclave was edging nearer.

Separately, a prime well being official stated all 31 untimely infants at Al Shifa Hospital had been evacuated on Sunday from the power.

A deal to free a few of the about 240 prisoners Hamas seized in its Oct 7 assault on Israel now hinges on “minor” sensible points, Qatar’s prime minister stated on Sunday, with out giving particulars or a timeline.

“The challenges that stay in the negotiations are very minor in comparison with the larger challenges, they’re extra logistical, they’re extra sensible,” Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani advised a joint press convention with EU overseas coverage chief Josep Borrell.

“The deal goes by ups and downs once in a while all through the previous few weeks,” the premier stated. “I believe that I’m now extra assured that we’re shut sufficient to achieve a deal that may deliver the folks safely again to their houses.”

Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Herzog stated Tel Aviv was hopeful {that a} vital variety of prisoners might be launched by Hamas “in coming days”.

“I’m hopeful we will have a deal in the approaching days,” he stated in an interview on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.

A White House official additionally stated the “very difficult, very delicate” negotiations have been making progress.

“I imagine we’re nearer than now we have been in fairly a while, perhaps nearer than now we have been for the reason that starting of this course of, to getting this deal accomplished,” White House deputy nationwide safety adviser Jon Finer advised NBC’s “Meet the Press”.

Israel has vowed to destroy Hamas in response to the Oct 7 assaults, which Israeli officers say killed about 1,200 folks and noticed the prisoners taken.

The military’s relentless air and floor marketing campaign has since killed 1000’s of individuals in the Gaza Strip. The Hamas authorities stated on Sunday the dying toll in the enclave has reached 13,000 since Oct 7.

More than 5,500 youngsters are among the many useless, alongside 3,500 girls, with 30,000 extra folks wounded.

The civilian dying toll in Gaza was “staggering and unacceptable”, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres stated, once more interesting for a direct humanitarian ceasefire.

Since Oct 7, Israeli troops and settlers have additionally killed greater than 200 Palestinians in the West Bank.

31 untimely infants evacuated

Mohammed Zaqut, director normal of hospitals in Gaza, advised AFP that “all 31 untimely infants in Al Shifa hospital… have been evacuated” together with three docs and two nurses.

“Preparations are beneath means” for them to enter Egypt, he added.

The transfer was confirmed by the Palestinian

Red Crescent Society (PCRS), which stated its groups carried out the evacuation in coordination with UN companies, together with the World Health Organisation.

Al Shifa Hospital has turn into a focus for Israeli operations with the military claiming Hamas makes use of it as a base. Since Nov 11, when gasoline provides ran out at Al Shifa, eight infants have died as a result of lack of electrical energy to run incubator models, the well being ministry in Gaza has stated.

Three Israeli troopers killed

The Israeli military stated on Sunday three extra troopers had been killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip, elevating the variety of troop deaths there to 62 for the reason that Oct 7 assaults. All three have been reservists and died on Saturday in northern Gaza, the army stated in an announcement.

Witnesses reported heavy fighting in a single day on Sunday between Hamas fighters and Israeli forces attempting to advance into Jabalia, the most important of Gaza’s camps with almost 100,000 folks.

Via social media in Arabic, Israel’s army on Sunday urged residents of a number of Jabalia neighbourhoods to evacuate in the direction of south Gaza “to protect your security” and to that finish stated it could pause army motion from 10am to 2pm.

After the “pause” interval expired, 11 Palestinians in Jabalia have been killed by an Israeli air strike on a home, the enclave’s well being ministry stated.

Israel additionally stated on Sunday that Yemen’s

Houthis had seized a British-owned and Japanese-operated cargo ship in the southern Red Sea, describing the incident as an “Iranian act of terrorism” with penalties for worldwide maritime safety.

Meanwhile, prime overseas coverage officers from the Palestinian Authority and 4 Muslim-majority international locations will go to China on Monday and Tuesday, Beijing introduced on Sunday.

Officials will embrace the overseas ministers of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt and Indonesia, in addition to the secretary-normal of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

“During the go to, China could have in-depth communication and coordination with the joint delegation of overseas ministers of Arab and Islamic international locations to advertise a de-escalation of the present Palestinian-Israeli battle, defending civilians, and justly resolving the Palestinian situation,” Chinese overseas ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning stated in an announcement.

Published in Dawn, November twentieth, 2023

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