Israel strikes Gaza as mediators push for truce deal

Heavy strikes rocked Gaza City on Monday as Hamas and Israel staked their claims ahead of truce talks, with Israeli protesters rallying for a hostage release deal.

Mediators Egypt and Qatar were due to host new talks this week, according to officials, as the bloodiest ever Gaza war raged on into its 10th month.

Israelis take to streets demanding hostage swap deal with Palestinian factions

Thousands of Israelis protested Saturday in several cities, demanding a hostage swap deal with Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip and early parliamentary elections, according to Israeli media.

Thousands in Kaplan Square in central Tel Aviv demanded a hostage deal and that the government should not miss the opportunity again, said the state-run broadcasting authority.

Hamas is awaiting Israel’s initial response within the next 24 hours for ceasefire proposals in Gaza, senior official Osama Hamdan informed AFP ahead of negotiations

“We prefer not to delve into these ideas yet. We await a response, likely by today (Friday) or tomorrow morning (Saturday),” Hamdan emphasized.

“If the response is positive, we will delve into the details of these ideas, aiming for their swift implementation,” he added optimistically.

Afghan Taliban govt says to attend next round of UN talks in Doha

This handout picture provided by the UAE Presidential Court shows UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (R) meeting with a delegation of Afghan's ruling Taliban administration including interior minister Sirajuddin Haqqani (2nd-R) at al-Shati Palace in Abu Dhabi on June 3, 2024.