Anthony Blinken heads to Israel to push for Gaza truce

This is Blinken’s fifth visit to the Middle East since the October attack by Palestinian resistance groups.

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Anthony Blinken heads to Israel

TEL AVIV, 7 Feb: The US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has arrived in Israel to seal a much-needed truce between Hamas and Israel.

Blinken is aiming to de-escalate the situation and put an end to the regional crisis that has inflamed Gaza since October 7.

This is Blinken’s fifth visit to the Middle East since the October attack by Palestinian resistance groups.

The State Secretary met the Egyptian and Qatari capitals before he visited the Israeli capital.

The US, along with other key players like Egypt and Qatar, have been working on a deal that would reduce the friction between Hamas and the Israeli government.

According to Al-Jazeera, Israel and Hamas remain far apart in agreeing to the conditions.

“Sources close to the talks have said the proposed truce would last at least 40 days, during which Hamas would free the civilians among the remaining captives being held”, the reports said.

Reuters says Palestinians are hoping the meetings will put in place a truce before a threatened Israeli assault on Rafah.

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