Truce Broken: Israeli Defense Minister Accuses Hamas of Agreement Breach

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has accused Hamas of breaching a critical truce agreement, intensifying the already volatile situation between Israel and Hamas.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Truce Broken: Israeli Defense Minister Accuses Hamas of Agreement Breach
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Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has accused Hamas of breaching a critical truce agreement, intensifying the already volatile situation between Israel and Hamas. In a news conference held on Saturday, Gallant stated, "Hamas explicitly violated the agreement we reached with the US, Egypt, and Qatar." This development marks a significant setback in the efforts to achieve lasting peace in the region.

The crux of the dispute lies in the non-fulfillment of promises made by Hamas. According to Gallant, Hamas had agreed to return 17 individuals, including 15 women and two children, as part of the truce agreement but failed to do so.

This failure has been a major point of contention, leading to the breakdown of negotiations.

Dispute Over Hostages and IDF Operations

The situation further deteriorated following allegations by Hamas that two young children, 4-year-old Ariel and 10-month-old Kfir Bibas, had been killed in an Israeli airstrike.

Gallant refuted these claims, stating that they had been photographed alive earlier. He emphasized the importance of Hamas fulfilling its obligation to return all 17 hostages, including the two children from the Bibas family.

The negotiations hit a deadlock when Hamas, instead of releasing the group of women as agreed, suggested beginning talks for the release of men under possibly different terms. This proposal was rejected by Israel, which insisted on the release of all women first.

Israeli and US officials believe that Hamas continues to hold a number of women, many of whom were reportedly kidnapped from the Nova music festival. Hamas's stance that some of these women are part of the Israel Defense Forces has been categorically denied by Israel.

In the midst of these strained negotiations, Gallant declared that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) operations in Gaza will persist. "Gaza City is more than half of Hamas' power," he explained. "We still have work to do there.

We will continue to act all around the Gaza Strip." When questioned about the potential impact of Israeli bombardment on the remaining hostages, Gallant justified the IDF's aggressive actions as necessary, assuring that all factors are taken into consideration.

This ongoing conflict, marked by accusations and broken promises, continues to challenge the prospects of peace and stability in the region.

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