Top Israeli officials are reviewing a draft peace proposal crafted by neighboring Egypt to end fighting in the Gaza Strip, focusing on initial steps including renewed hostage and prisoner swaps, according to reports yesterday. The role of Hamas in a postwar governing structure—a nonstarter for Israel, say experts—remains a key hurdle. Hamas and partner militant group Islamic Jihad were said to have quickly dismissed Egypt's plan.
Discussions come as the Israeli military said it had expanded operations into urban refugee centers in central Gaza, where Hamas leaders claim at least 70 people were killed in an airstrike at the al-Maghazi camp. Israel said it was reviewing the incident.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited troops in northern Gaza Sunday, reiterating the war may continue for months. He has faced increasing pressure to focus on the safe return of about 130 hostages still held by Hamas—family members booed Netanyahu during a Monday speech to the country's legislature.
Separately, an Israeli airstrike yesterday killed Sayyed Razi Mousavi, a high-ranking official in Iran's Revolutionary Guard responsible for coordinating the military alliance between Iran and Syria.
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