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Israel and Hamas close to ceasefire in the Gaza Strip

Israel and Hamas close to ceasefire in the Gaza Strip CIA Director William Burns (photo: GettyImages)

CIA Director William Burns believes that Israel and Hamas are close to a ceasefire, according to CBS News.

US Congressman Michael Turner has stated that aid must reach Gaza. He also mentioned that the CIA Director believes a ceasefire is close.

"I was just briefed by the CIA director, Burns, Friday personally. He is the one who is conducting the – the cease-fire negotiations. And he believes that we're close. And I think that's going to – that is very, very important to accomplish, one because there are – are hostages that are still being held as a result of Hamas and the murderous onslaught of October 7, but also because of the desperate need for aid to get into," Turner said.

Turner also stated that Hamas does not care about Palestinians.

"What's unfortunately – is the Palestinians are being held hostage by Hamas. That they're down in bunkers, cowardly not responding to the conflict that they began," Turner said.

Israel-Hamas war

Fighters from Hamas attacked Israel from the Gaza Strip on October 7, 2023.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched a ground military operation in the Gaza Strip at the end of October, which is ongoing. The country's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the operation aims to destroy Hamas and free hostages.

On February 8, Netanyahu stated that a complete victory for the Israeli Army is close. He also announced that the IDF is ready to begin a ground invasion of the city of Rafah near the border with Egypt in the south of the Gaza Strip.

Earlier, we reported that, according to White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, the US hopes for a ceasefire.