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Qatar PM: Mediation talks on Gaza still ongoing, with an objective to end the war

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Qatar’s prime minister said on Tuesday that mediation talks on Gaza were still ongoing with an objective to end the war.

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“Qatar continues to make efforts to restore the truce, release hostages, and exchange prisoners,” Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said at a press conference after a summit for the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Qatar, where several political leaders of Hamas are based, has been leading negotiations between the Palestinian militant group and Israel.

Those talks led to a truce that ultimately lasted for seven days before hostilities resumed on Friday. During the truce, Hamas released dozens of hostages held in Gaza in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, and Israel allowed humanitarian aid to flow into the coastal strip.

Israel launched its assault to wipe out Hamas in retaliation for an October 7 cross-border attack when militants killed 1,200 people and seized 240 hostages, according to Israeli tallies.

In eight weeks of warfare, the Gaza health ministry said at least 15,899 Palestinians, 70 percent of them women or under 18s, have been killed.

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