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Global responses to four-day truce between Israel and Hamas

In a region scarred by weeks of relentless conflict, Israel and Hamas have tentatively agreed to a four-day truce mediated by Qatar.

In a region scarred by weeks of relentless conflict, Israel and Hamas have tentatively agreed to a four-day truce mediated by Qatar. The deal involves the release of 50 women and children held captive in Gaza, reciprocated by the release of 150 Palestinian women and children held in Israeli jails. The global response to this development reflects a spectrum of perspectives on a situation marked by complexity and challenges.

Fragile Pause in Hostilities

As the truce hangs in the balance, global stakeholders offer their perspectives on the potential alleviation of the humanitarian crisis and the de-escalation of conflicts. China expresses hope for tension reduction, while European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen emphasises the importance of a humanitarian surge to address the urgent needs in Gaza.

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International Responses

Egypt, alongside Qatar and the United States, is hailed for successfully mediating the “humanitarian truce.” France expresses hope for the release of French hostages, and Human Rights Watch underlines the war crimes of hostage-taking and blocking aid, emphasising the need for a complete cessation of unlawful attacks.

“Hostage-taking and blocking of life-saving aid are war crimes that are never justified. Human beings are not bargaining chips. Ceasefire or not, unlawful attacks should cease once and for all.”

Iran announces diplomatic efforts to halt Israeli attacks and provide humanitarian aid, while Israel’s government commits to returning all hostages but vows to continue the war against Hamas.

Concerns and Caution from the Region

Jordan expresses concerns about the truce, The country’s warnings against the risk of ethnic cleansing bring a human touch to the complex geopolitical landscape, emphasising the challenges that persist even amid diplomatic efforts.

Seeking an End to Aggression

While welcoming the truce, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) adds a nuanced layer, calling not just for a pause in hostilities but a comprehensive end to Israeli aggression. This plea reflects the organisation’s commitment to achieving a lasting solution and addressing the root causes of the conflict.

Qatar sees the truce as a significant step toward achieving a comprehensive and sustainable agreement. The emphasis lies in the urgent need to put an end to the ongoing war and bloodshed in Gaza.

Global Actors and the Quest for Peace

The Kremlin expresses a positive reception of the truce, underlining the significance of ceasefires and humanitarian pauses for prospective settlements. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia advocates for the continuous provision of humanitarian aid and firmly opposes any punitive measures against the civilian population in Gaza.

President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey urges solidarity within the Islamic world, pledging to compel Israel to adhere to international law. In a similar vein, the United Kingdom views the truce as a pivotal measure in addressing the humanitarian crisis. Meanwhile, the United States conveys appreciation for the truce and underscores the critical importance of its complete implementation.

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Following discussions with Israeli relatives of hostages and Palestinians with family in Gaza, Pope Francis advocates for compassion. He acknowledges the collective suffering experienced by both sides in the conflict.