Israel pounds Gaza as Netanyahu office says ‘gaps’ remain in ceasefire deal – live

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Welcome to our continuing live coverage of the Israel-Gaza war and wider Middle East crisis. Here’s a snapshot of the latest news.

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Israel carried out deadly airstrikes in the Gaza Strip as the war entered its tenth month on Sunday, with fighting raging across the Palestinian territory and fresh diplomatic efforts under way to halt the violence.

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Israel has said it will send a delegation in the coming days to continue truce talks with Qatari mediators which began recently in Doha.

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But a spokesperson for Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said “gaps” remained with Hamas on how to secure a ceasefire and hostage release deal, Agence France-Presse reported.

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Meanwhile, the fighting in Gaza continued unabated, with the Palestinian Red Crescent saying on Sunday that the bodies of six people, including two children, who were killed in Israeli strikes had arrived at al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in the central city of Deir al-Balah.

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Paramedics also said on Sunday that six people had been killed in an Israeli strike on a house in a northern area of Gaza City.

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On Saturday, Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry said 16 people had been killed in a strike on a school run by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (Unrwa) that was sheltering displaced people in Nuseirat, central Gaza.

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The Israeli military said its aircraft had targeted “terrorists” operating around the al-Jawni school.

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In other developments:

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  • Hamas has accepted a US proposal to begin talks on releasing Israeli hostages, including soldiers and men, 16 days after the first phase of an agreement aimed at ending the Gaza war, a senior Hamas source has told Reuters. The militant group has dropped a demand that Israel first commit to a permanent ceasefire before signing the agreement, and would allow negotiations to achieve that throughout the six-week first phase, the source said on condition of anonymity because the talks are private.

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  • At least 38,098 Palestinians have been killed and 87,705 others injured in Israel’s military offensive on Gaza since 7 October, Gaza’s health ministry said on Saturday.

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  • Reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian has won Iran’s runoff presidential election, beating hardliner Saeed Jalili by promising to reach out to the west and ease enforcement on the country’s mandatory headscarf law after years of sanctions and protests squeezing the Islamic Republic.

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  • The British Royal Navy destroyer HMS Diamond was returning to Portsmouth on Saturday after six months in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden helping to protect shipping from attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels. The warship shot down nine drones and a Houthi missile, sailing nearly 44,000 miles (71,000km) and spending 151 days at sea, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

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Key events

Opening summary

Welcome to our continuing live coverage of the Israel-Gaza war and wider Middle East crisis. Here’s a snapshot of the latest news.

Israel carried out deadly airstrikes in the Gaza Strip as the war entered its tenth month on Sunday, with fighting raging across the Palestinian territory and fresh diplomatic efforts under way to halt the violence.

Israel has said it will send a delegation in the coming days to continue truce talks with Qatari mediators which began recently in Doha.

But a spokesperson for Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said “gaps” remained with Hamas on how to secure a ceasefire and hostage release deal, Agence France-Presse reported.

Meanwhile, the fighting in Gaza continued unabated, with the Palestinian Red Crescent saying on Sunday that the bodies of six people, including two children, who were killed in Israeli strikes had arrived at al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in the central city of Deir al-Balah.

Palestinians asses the damage after an Israeli strike in the Nuseirat refugee camp, central Gaza, on Saturday. Photograph: Eyad Baba/AFP/Getty Images

Paramedics also said on Sunday that six people had been killed in an Israeli strike on a house in a northern area of Gaza City.

On Saturday, Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry said 16 people had been killed in a strike on a school run by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (Unrwa) that was sheltering displaced people in Nuseirat, central Gaza.

The Israeli military said its aircraft had targeted “terrorists” operating around the al-Jawni school.

In other developments:

  • Hamas has accepted a US proposal to begin talks on releasing Israeli hostages, including soldiers and men, 16 days after the first phase of an agreement aimed at ending the Gaza war, a senior Hamas source has told Reuters. The militant group has dropped a demand that Israel first commit to a permanent ceasefire before signing the agreement, and would allow negotiations to achieve that throughout the six-week first phase, the source said on condition of anonymity because the talks are private.

  • At least 38,098 Palestinians have been killed and 87,705 others injured in Israel’s military offensive on Gaza since 7 October, Gaza’s health ministry said on Saturday.

  • Reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian has won Iran’s runoff presidential election, beating hardliner Saeed Jalili by promising to reach out to the west and ease enforcement on the country’s mandatory headscarf law after years of sanctions and protests squeezing the Islamic Republic.

  • The British Royal Navy destroyer HMS Diamond was returning to Portsmouth on Saturday after six months in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden helping to protect shipping from attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels. The warship shot down nine drones and a Houthi missile, sailing nearly 44,000 miles (71,000km) and spending 151 days at sea, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

The Guardian

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