The United States president Joe Biden has announced that he is working to negotiate a ceasefire lasting at least six weeks in the Gaza Strip. This ceasefire will involve the release of hostages, according to Biden. He made these comments during a joint press conference with King Abdullahin of Jordan at the White House.
Biden emphasized the importance of protecting civilians, particularly those in the town of Rafah near the Egyptian border. There are up to one million Palestinians living in the region, and it is crucial that they are kept safe during any military operations.
In response to these developments, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered Israel’s armed forces to prepare for a ground attack on Rafah. This move has sparked concerns among international leaders and human rights advocates, who fear that any military action could result in significant loss of life and displacement for Palestinian residents.