G7 foreign ministers call for extension of Gaza ceasefire, saying Hamas is willing to cease fire for another four days.



(Comprehensive report from Washington/Jerusalem) On Tuesday,爆炸新闻 the Group of Seven called for a further extension of the ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. It is reported that Hamas is willing to suspend fighting for four more days and release more hostages, and Qatar, Egypt and the United States are stepping up their mediation.

CNN quoted the Israeli Prime Minister's office as saying that as of Tuesday, 86 hostages had been released, including 20 foreigners. Among them, 60 Israelis were released according to the ceasefire agreement, four had been released before, one soldier was rescued by the Israeli army, and another dual Israeli and Russian citizen was freed under the mediation of the Russian government; Israel released 180 Palestinian prisoners.

White House National Security Council spokesman Kirby said Tuesday that 89 Americans are still being held in Gaza. U.S. Secretary of State blinken said in Brussels on Wednesday that during his visit to Israel this week, he will work to extend the ceasefire in Gaza to save more hostages and get more humanitarian aid to Gaza.

US CIA Director Burns met with officials from Israel, Egypt and Qatar in Doha on Tuesday to discuss the Israel-Kazakhstan conflict. Ignatius, a columnist of the Washington Post, quoted an insider as saying that negotiators reached an agreement on the types of Israeli hostages that may be released in the future. These five types of hostages are: older men who cannot become reservists, female soldiers, reserve men, active men, and the remains of dead Israelis. It is reported that Hamas is willing to negotiate on the release of all five categories of hostages, but the terms have yet to be determined.

Israel and Kazakhstan agreed to cease fire for four days last Friday (24th), and then decided to extend the cease fire for two days. According to the existing agreement, the war in Gaza will be restarted on Thursday morning (30th). Although the two sides accused each other of violating the ceasefire on Tuesday, Hamas released the fifth batch of hostages, including 10 Israelis and two Thai citizens, in accordance with the agreement. In exchange, Israel released 30 Palestinian prisoners.

The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) issued a joint statement on Tuesday (November 28th), saying: "We support the further extension of this fighting moratorium and the future moratorium as necessary, so as to expand the scale of aid and release all hostages."

Israel believes that 161 hostages remain in Gaza, including 15 foreigners. Hamas is expected to release another 10 Israeli hostages on Wednesday. It is reported that two Russian citizens will be released that day.

According to the terms of the agreement, if Hamas continues to release at least 10 people every day, the ceasefire time can be extended, but it can only last for 10 days at most.

Ignatius pointed out that the implementation of the ceasefire agreement so far has exceeded expectations and is expected to continue, but at the same time, how to end this war is also an increasingly important and thorny issue.

According to US officials, Biden's government has asked Israel to increase the protection of civilians when it may attack southern Gaza again, so as to minimize casualties and damage, so as to avoid causing more people to be displaced and plunging southern Gaza into a serious humanitarian crisis like the north.

The foreign ministers of the seven countries also mentioned the importance of maintaining maritime security and named the Houthi rebels in Yemen, calling on them to immediately stop attacking civilians and threatening international waterways and merchant ships, and at the same time release a cargo ship and its crew illegally detained in international waters.

The statement said that the G7 is still committed to promoting the two-state solution, including the establishment of a Palestinian state, and will continue to cooperate with all partners in the Middle East to avoid the escalation of the Israeli-Kazakh conflict.

An insider told AFP on Wednesday: "Hamas has informed the mediator that it is willing to extend the truce for four days according to the existing truce terms, and can release Israeli prisoners detained by Hamas, other resistance movements and other parties during this period."

The statement urged the immediate and unconditional release of all remaining hostages, and stressed that every effort must be made to ensure that civilians in Gaza receive humanitarian assistance, including food, water, fuel and medical supplies. The G7 foreign ministers reaffirmed Israel's right to self-defense, but at the same time pointed out that it is very important to protect civilians and abide by international law.