Israel rejects Hamas' demands, continues assault, possibly using French weapon components

Negotiations between Israel and Hamas have broken down after a UN resolution demanded a ceasefire, and Israel continues bombing in southern parts of the Gaza strip. Meanwhile, a French investigative group says it found that French weapons companies supply Israel with weapons that are being used in the conflict.

Israeli forces pounded besieged Gaza on Wednesday in the war sparked by the 7 October attack and fought Hamas in several hospitals despite a UN Security Council demand for a ceasefire.

Talks in Qatar aimed at implementing a truce and hostage release deal, have little impact so far with both Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas blaming each other.

According to the Times of Israel, Israel on Tuesday recalled its negotiating team from Qatar . The move came after Hamas rejected Israel's latest offer in talks on a hostage deal and truce.

The PMO accused Hamas of retreating to its “extreme demands,” including a complete end to the war and full IDF withdrawal from Gaza.

"Hamas's stance clearly demonstrates its utter disinterest in a negotiated deal and attests to the damage done by the UN Security Council's resolution," according to a statement by Israel's Prime Minister's Office (PMO)

"Hamas has once again rejected an American compromise proposal and has repeated its extreme demands."

The PMO flatly rejects the demands, calling them "delusional."

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