Hopes rise for Israel-Hamas truce deal as Gaza toll hits 20,000

Hopes, for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas were raised on Wednesday driven by discussions in Europe and a visit to Egypt by the leader of the militant group. However clashes are still ongoing despite the atmosphere and Hamas government in Gaza reported a death toll of 20,000 in the territory.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is known for his wing stance stated that there can be no ceasefire until Hamas militants are completely eliminated. This position differs from the United States positive outlook on the negotiations for a truce. John Kirby, spokesman for the National Security Council acknowledged the seriousness of these discussions. Expressed hope for outcomes.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also expressed optimism about the possibility of a pause in hostilities. He emphasized involvement in facilitating both a ceasefire and the release of hostages. The situation became more complex as Netanyahu faced pressure from Washington and other allies regarding casualties. He stressed that the conflict will continue until specific objectives are achieved; dismantling Hamas securing hostage release and addressing perceived threats from Gaza.

Tuesday Netanyahu informed relatives of 129 remaining captives in Gaza about dispatching the head of Mossad spy agency to Europe to advance efforts, towards hostage release.
The recent conflict, between Hamas and Israel which started on October 7 has been the deadliest in history. It resulted in 1,140 casualties with a significant number being civilians. Additionally around 250 people were abducted based on reports.

In response to the attack by Hamas Israel launched a campaign of air strikes and ground invasions. Hamas claimed that the majority of the casualties in Gaza were women and children. Although there are talks of a truce that brings some hope the situation, in the region remains highly uncertain as both sides remain firmly entrenched and violence persists. The international community, the United States is actively involved in efforts to secure a ceasefire and negotiate for the release of hostages.