The offices of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas both issued statements on Monday vehemently denying reports of a temporary ceasefire in the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Earlier reports had suggested that a ceasefire had been implemented to allow humanitarian aid to enter Gaza and for foreigners to leave through the Rafah border crossing, which connects Gaza to Egypt.
A statement from Netanyahu’s office categorically rejected the notion of a ceasefire and the provision of humanitarian aid in exchange for the removal of foreigners. The situation on the ground remains far from a truce.
Similarly, Hamas official Izzat El Reshiq refuted reports about the opening of the Rafah border crossing and any temporary cessation of hostilities.
Israeli Military’s Discovery of Hostage Victims in Gaza Prompts Further Action
In a related development, the Israeli military announced its response to the discovery of lifeless bodies believed to be those of hostages who had been abducted by Hamas militants several days ago. During a briefing, Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner confirmed that the bodies of hostages were located during operations conducted within Gaza last week.
The abduction of at least 120 individuals by Hamas fighters on October 7 had escalated the already tense situation in the region, leading to a substantial loss of life, with reported deaths exceeding 1,300. In response, the Israeli military initiated localized raids within Gaza to support ongoing aerial campaigns, resulting in an additional 2,215 fatalities, according to claims by the Hamas government.
The conflict in Gaza continues to be a matter of grave concern, with no signs of an immediate resolution, despite sporadic reports of potential ceasefires or humanitarian interventions.