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Biden shares details of new peace plan between Israel and Hamas

Biden shares details of new peace plan between Israel and Hamas President of the U.S., Joe Biden (photo: Getty Images)

The U.S., along with its partners, is preparing a new peace plan between Israel and Hamas militants, which includes a six-week pause in hostilities in the Gaza Strip, announces President Joe Biden.

Biden stated that the U.S. is working on a deal between Israel and Hamas regarding hostages, which, according to him, would involve a minimum six-week pause in fighting. He also mentioned that during this time, they could use the opportunity to develop something more enduring.

The U.S. President also noted that Israel should not conduct a military operation in the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip without a credible plan to ensure the safety of the civilians living there.

"And he reaffirmed his view that a military operation in Rafah should not proceed without a credible and executable plan for ensuring the safety of and support for the more than one million people sheltering there," Biden added.

What preceded this

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the objective of the Israeli army's operation in the Gaza Strip is the destruction of Hamas's operational and governmental capabilities, as well as the liberation of hostages. Recently, Netanyahu also announced the readiness of the IDF to commence a ground invasion of Rafah.

Egypt has threatened to suspend a key peace treaty with Israel if the country's army enters the border city.

In response, the EU and several humanitarian organizations have warned of catastrophic consequences of the operation in the city of Rafah. U.S. President Joe Biden has urged Netanyahu to protect the civilians of Rafah and develop a plan for evacuating people.