Hamas downplays US optimism deal is imminent

  • Senior Hamas official Bassem Naim tells Al Jazeera that there is still a long way to go to secure a potential ceasefire deal with Israel.
  • UN humanitarian agency says humanitarian organisations “systemically denied access” to Gaza and that humanitarian aid convoys are coming under fire.

    Journalist says family killed in Israeli bombardment in Gaza City

    Motasem A Dalloul, a Palestinian journalist based in Gaza City, has said that his pregnant wife and three-year-old son, along with 20 other people, have been killed in an Israeli bombardment of a residential compound.

    On X, he posted a picture of his dead wife, Riham, and son, Abu Baker.

    The journalist has been tweeting for days about the lack of food in Gaza City, as well as the lack of humanitarian aid in the northern part of the besieged Gaza Strip.

    More from Malki

    The Palestinian foreign minister has expressed cautiousness about talks held tomorrow in Moscow between representatives of Fatah and Hamas to discuss the formation of a unified Palestinian government and the rebuilding of Gaza.

    “We hope that there we might be good results in terms of mutual understanding between all factions about the need to support such a technocratic government that will emerge,” he said on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

    “Of course, we don’t expect miracles to happen in just a simple meeting in Moscow, but I believe that the meeting in Moscow should be followed by other meetings in the region soon.”

    Malki said the resignation of Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh’s government this week was designed to prevent international partners from saying the Palestinian Authority was not collaborating.

    “We want to show our readiness … to engage and to be ready, just to not to be seen as an obstacle between the implementation of any process that should take further,” he said.

    Malki also accused the UN Security Council of “failing” the Palestinian people in its inability to agree on a ceasefire in Gaza.

    “Now in Gaza, it seems that the ceasefire is a farfetched objective to be attained,” he said. “As a result, we see people dying.”

    Kamal Adwan Hospital out of service

    The director of the medical facility in northern Gaza says the hospital is out of service after running out of fuel.

    Ahmed al-Kahlout also said halting all medical activities will deprive thousands of patients of the right to medical care.

    During the past few days, at least four children died in the hospital due to malnutrition and dehydration.

    Several patients died as a result of the lack of medicine, food and fuel, al-Kahlout added.

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