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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Egypt to push for a truce deal between Israel and Hamas amidst the ongoing war in Gaza. He plans to update Hamas on the proposed deal and then brief Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This is Blinken's fifth regional tour since October, but previous tours have produced few tangible results. Meanwhile, Israel plans to expand its ground attacks in Gaza despite international humanitarian concerns.
United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in Egypt on his fifth regional tour since October last year, aimed at paving the way for an agreement between Israel and Hamas as the war in Gaza rages on.
Most of Gaza's 2.3 million population is displaced and facing severe shortages of food, water, medicine, and shelter due to the Israeli bombardment. The US, Egypt, and Qatar have been working on a truce deal that would halt the war and facilitate the exchange of prisoners, but Israel and Hamas remain far apart on the conditions of the agreement. Israel plans to expand its ground attacks in Gaza, despite claims of failing to destroy Hamas. The situation has led to the evacuation of two-thirds of Gaza's territory, driving more people to seek shelter daily.
Most of the besieged enclave's 2.3 million population is displaced, facing severe shortages of food, water, medicine, and shelter, with the majority of Gaza now in ruins following nearly four months of Israeli bombardment.