Israeli war cabinet due to meet as Netanyahu 'strongly opposes' ending Gaza war

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he "strongly opposes" ending the war in Gaza, ahead of his war cabinet meeting amid intense diplomacy to forge a truce and hostage release deal.

Deadly fighting meanwhile rocked the Gaza Strip, and the Palestine Red Cross posted on X late Sunday that Israeli aircraft killed or wounded a "large number" of people in a strike on a displacement camp near the far-southern city of Rafah.

"This location was designated by the Israeli occupation as a humanitarian area," it said. There was no immediate comment from the military.

Hamas militants also fired rockets at Israel's commercial hub Tel Aviv for the first time in months, sending people scrambling for shelter.

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Netanyahu has long rejected Hamas's demand in negotiations for a permanent end to the conflict triggered by the Palestinian militant group's October 7 attack and that has left vast areas of besieged Gaza in ruins.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu strongly opposes this," a statement said.

(AFP)


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