“We have work to do to keep this truce going” – Magazine Creations

A top Palestinian Authority diplomat is pushing for an extension of the Israel-Hamas truce set to expire today, saying: “We have work to do to keep this truce going” and claiming that Israel’s renewed military campaign against terrorism will lead to more civilian deaths.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki, speaking at a meeting of delegations from European Union members and countries from North Africa and the Middle East in Barcelona, ​​Spain, argued that “[i]If we see that the war continues, then the death toll will double because the concentration of population is now twice as much.”

“Gaza’s population has been concentrated in southern Gaza,” the Associated Press reported in Spanish. “So any attack that used to kill one child will now kill two. That’s why it’s important to extend this truce.”

The population of Gaza moved south at the behest of Israel, as the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) sought to minimize civilian casualties while carrying out attacks in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.


Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki waves a victory sign in Barcelona, ​​Spain on Monday, November 27. Delegations from European Union member states and countries in the Middle East and North Africa are meeting Monday in Barcelona, ​​Spain, to discuss the crisis in Gaza, where a fragile ceasefire is set to expire. (AP/Emilio Morenatti)

Al-Malki is one of 42 representatives of different countries and territories attending the Union for the Mediterranean meeting, which is focused on the war that has been raging since Hamas militants attacked Israel on October 7.

More than 1,200 Israelis have been killed in the war, while the Hamas-run Palestinian Ministry of Health claims there have been more than 13,000 deaths as a result of the Israeli army’s response.

The four-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas – which also resulted in Hamas exchanging dozens of its 240 hostages for Palestinian prisoners in Israel – was due to expire on Monday night. Hours before it expired, Qatar announced that Israel and Hamas had agreed to a two-day extension.


Hamas terrorists in Israel

This image, created from undated body camera video taken by a downed Hamas terrorist and released by the Israel Defense Forces, shows a Hamas fighter walking around a residential neighborhood in an undisclosed location in southern Israel. (Israel Defense Forces via AP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said last week that “the release of every additional ten hostages will result in an additional day of pause” in the fighting, but it remains to be seen how many hostages will be released in the coming days.

Israeli tanks in Gaza City

In this image taken from a video released by the Israel Defense Forces on Tuesday, November 14, an Israeli tank drives through Gaza City. (Israel Defense Forces via AP)


Despite the current cessation of hostilities, Israel has made it clear that this is only a pause and not the end of the war.

“The Government of Israel, the IDF and the security services will continue the war to repatriate all hostages, complete the elimination of Hamas and ensure that there is no new threat to the State of Israel from Gaza. Netanyahu said. said the office.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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