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Hamas chief, Iran Foreign Minister discuss efforts to end Israeli war on Gaza

June 20, 2024 at 2:04 pm

Foreign Minister of Iran, Ali Bagheri in Baghdad, Iraq on June 12, 2024. [Murtadha Al-Sudani – Anadolu Agency]

Hamas chief, Ismail Haniyeh, held talks with Iran’s acting Foreign Minister, Ali Bagheri, in Qatar to discuss ways of ending Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian group said on Thursday.

The talks held between the two sides, Wednesday evening, took up Palestinian developments and efforts to halt the Israeli onslaught on Gaza, Hamas added in a statement, Anadolu Agency reports.

Bagheri reviewed Iranian efforts to support the Palestinians in international arenas, including the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the BRICS bloc of emerging economics and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the statement said.

Indirect talks between Israel and Hamas mediated by the US, Qatar and Egypt have, so far, failed to agree on a permanent ceasefire that allows a prisoner swap between the two sides.

Flouting a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire, Israel has faced international condemnation amid its continued brutal offensive on Gaza since a 7 October, 2023 attack by Hamas.

More than 37,400 Palestinians have since been killed in Gaza, most of them women and children, and more than 85,600 others injured, according to local health authorities.

Over eight months into the Israeli war, vast tracts of Gaza lie in ruins amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water and medicine.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which in its latest ruling has ordered Tel Aviv to immediately halt its operation in the southern city of Rafah, where over a million Palestinians had sought refuge from the war before it was invaded on 6 May.

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