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US-Israeli genocide in Gaza

More than seven months into Israel’s genocidal war on Gaza, the regime’s relentless airstrikes and artillery fire continue to kill more women and children. At least eight Palestinians, half of them children, were killed in an Israeli bombing on the Al-Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza City. Seven more civilians lost their lives following Israeli shelling of a mosque in the al-Daraj neighborhood of the city. A residential building in the Nuseirat refugee camp was also hit by Israeli warplanes, resulting in multiple casualties. Rescue workers have recovered the bodies of 49 Palestinians from another mass grave at the Al-Shifa Medical Complex, increasing the number of mass graves found to seven. In the south, at least four Palestinians fell victim to the latest Israeli bombardments of Rafah. The latest casualties bring the total death toll from the regime’s genocide to over 34,800. More than 78,400 others have been injured.

Israel aggression against Rafah 

Palestine’s ambassador to the United Nations has urged the international community to take immediate action to halt Israel’s planned attack on the southern Gaza city of Rafah. Riyad Mansour made the demand in letters to the UN Secretary General as well as the presidents of the Security Council and General Assembly. He said the Security Council is duty-bound to demand an end to the Israeli aggression, which poses a serious threat to international peace and security. He added that immediate action must also be taken to make Israel commit to its international obligations under international law and in accordance with the provisional measures issued by the International Court of Justice. Mansour said there is no justification for Israel’s inhuman acts, which have led to indescribable suffering for thousands of Palestinians, including 15,000 children and 10,000 women.

Gaza ceasefire talks 

A senior official of the Hamas resistance movement says Israel is not serious about Gaza ceasefire talks. Izzat al-Rishq says the regime is using the negotiations in Cairo as a cover to invade Rafah and occupy its crossing with Egypt. He added that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to make excuses to avoid negotiations and put the blame on Hamas and the mediators. The Hamas official said the movement’s acceptance of the proposed peace deal has confused Netanyahu and put him in trouble. Al-Rishq said Hamas sticks to the position it has conveyed to the mediators. Earlier this week, Hamas accepted a ceasefire deal put forward by Qatar and Egypt. It would see the release of Israeli captives in Gaza and an unspecified number of Palestinian abductees in Israel's jails. The deal will also end the regime’s onslaught on Gaza through three phases. A new round of negotiations on the deal kicked off in Egypt on Wednesday with Israeli and Hamas delegations in attendance.

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