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Truce Talks Inch Along

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Hamas yesterday to accept Israel's latest proposal for a temporary cease-fire in exchange for the release of some hostages. The proposal reportedly involves a two-part plan, with Israel seeking the initial release of 33 of the roughly 130 hostages remaining in Hamas' captivity (down from an original demand of 40).

Blinken's comments came on his visit to Saudi Arabia—the first stop on his latest Middle East trip over truce talks—as a Hamas delegation met with Egyptian mediators in Cairo. Hamas previously said it seeks a full end to the war with Israel and the removal of Israeli troops from Gaza in exchange for the release of all hostages. 

Separately, Israeli leaders are reportedly concerned over the possibility of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, preparing to issue arrest warrants, including for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The ICC has been investigating possible war crimes committed by both Israel and Hamas in Gaza going back to 2014 (see timeline). 

See updates on the war here.

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