Israel-Gaza war: Tens of thousands rally for hostage deal as Gaza ceasefire talks continue

Tens of thousands of Israelis rallied late into the night calling for a deal to bring hostages home, ahead of further ceasefire talks. Protesters in Tel Aviv chanted 'war is not holy, life is', with some accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of aiming to prolong the conflict in Gaza. It came as a Hamas delegation met mediators in Egypt on Saturday. The group said there were no new developments, but added 'a new round will begin' on Sunday. Negotiators have resumed long-running ceasefire talks in Cairo - brokered by Egypt and Qatar - on pausing Israel's offensive in Gaza in return for freeing hostages. The main sticking point appears to be whether the deal would be temporary or permanent. It is thought the wording being discussed involves a 40-day pause in fighting while hostages are released, and the release of a number of Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails. An adviser to the Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said the group was looking at the latest proposal with 'full seriousness'. But he repeated a demand that any deal would have to explicitly include an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and complete end to the war. Source: Ghana News Agency