Blinken welcomes Hamas backing of deal, awaits Sinwar agreement

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced an additional $404 million in aid to Gaza during his visit to Jordan. He urged Hamas to accept the current cease-fire proposal and discussed the importance of humanitarian aid and the need for a lasting peace in the region. The U.S. is committed to supporting an independent Palestinian state with security guarantees for Israel. Hamas has expressed readiness to resume negotiations on the cease-fire plan endorsed by President Biden. The proposed deal includes a cease-fire, withdrawal of Israeli troops, release of hostages, return of displaced Palestinians, and increased humanitarian aid to Gaza. Blinken believes that Hamas is responsible for any bloodshed if they do not agree to the proposal. U.N. Secretary General António Guterres has called for a ceasefire and the unconditional release of hostages. The situation in Gaza has led to a significant number of casualties, with many civilians, including women and children, among the dead.


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