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Blinken visits the Middle East and presents a proposal to end the war

By Vaseline Jun10,2024

Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, will launch his eighth tour to the Middle East with a planned proposal on how to end the Israeli-Palestinian war.

According to Washington, the top US diplomat will visit Egypt and Israel on Monday before moving on to Jordan and Qatar. He will seek support for the latest draft ceasefire that President Joe Biden presented ten days ago and which the US also wants to put to a vote in the United Nations Security Council.

Although neither Israel nor Hamas have fully supported the plan, fighting continues, with airstrikes taking place across the Gaza Strip on Sunday and Monday morning.

Also read: Blinken returns to Middle East to push for ceasefire deal with Gaza

In Cairo, Blinken will meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi before visiting Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.

In addition to pushing for the ceasefire proposal, the US official will discuss the reopening of the Rafah crossing with Egypt, a vital point for aid shipments to Gaza that Israel seized last month during its ground invasion in the south of the enclave. Jazeera reports this.

Also read: UN Supreme Court orders Israel to halt military operations in Rafah

Biden on May 31 outlined a three-phase proposal to reach a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, which he said was presented by Israel. However, neither Israel nor Hamas have fully endorsed the plan, while negotiations are ongoing.
Al Jazeera reported that a senior Hamas official, Sami Abu Zuhri, urged the US on Monday to pressure Israel to end the war.

“We call on the US government to put pressure on the occupation to stop the war on Gaza and the Hamas movement is ready to respond positively to any initiative that secures an end to the war,” he said.

The proposal includes the exchange of Palestinian prisoners with Israeli prisoners, withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza, return of displaced Palestinians to their homes on the other side of the enclave, and a plan to restore the area, much of which has been destroyed since October 7 to reconstruct.

Since the start of the war, more than 37,000 Palestinians have been killed and about 84,000 injured in Gaza, mostly women and children.

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