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  • Volker Türk
    Volker Türk “Russia's full-scale armed attack on Ukraine, which is about to enter its third year with no end in sight, continues to cause serious and widespread human rights violations, destroying lives and livelihoods. The invasion has exacted a horrific human cost, inflicting immense suffering on millions of civilians.” 2 hours ago
  • Tymofiy Mylovanov
    Tymofiy Mylovanov “In 2022, the [US] administration [of Joe Biden] submitted funding requests in the spring, almost immediately after the invasion. But in 2023, it waited until mid-fall to announce what it plans to submit. Avdiivka demonstrates the cost of these political delays: human lives, lost territory, and encouraged Russia. If that's the plan 'to be with Ukraine as long as it takes', then the US delays in aid have just prolonged the war.” 4 hours ago
  • Dmytro Kuleba
    Dmytro Kuleba “The era of peace in Europe is over. And every time Ukrainian soldiers withdraw from a Ukrainian town because of the lack of ammunition, think of it not only in terms of democracy and defending the world-based order, but also in terms of Russian soldiers getting a few kilometres closer to your towns.” 4 hours ago
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“Rafah is the last bastion of Hamas control and there remain battalions in Rafah which Israel must dismantle to achieve its goals in this war. The only potential delay to the Israeli assault on Rafah could come should Hamas give ground in hostage negotiations and hand over the prisoners it took on Oct. 7. Even that would only delay the advance on Rafah unless it is coupled with the demilitarization of the city and surrender of the Hamas battalions there.”

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Former Israeli intelligence official and a negotiator during the first and second intifadas
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“I think it's crystal clear the situation cannot go on like it is. Families are waiting for their fathers, for their mothers … who have been captured by the terrorist organisation Hamas. On the other hand, we also need a humanitarian pause for the hundreds of thousands of people suffering in Gaza. There are also children who have lost their parents. Imagine our own children living without any parents, any water, any food. The easiest way to achieve the pause would be for Hamas to lay down its weapons.”

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Foreign Minister of Germany
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“A peace deal between Israel and Hamas will only be reached through direct negotiations between the parties. Israel outright rejects international dictates regarding a permanent settlement with the Palestinians. Israel will continue to oppose the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. Such recognition in the wake of the October 7 massacre would give a huge reward to unprecedented terrorism and prevent any future peace settlement.”

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Prime Minister of Israel
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“Now is not the time to be speaking about gifts for the Palestinian people, at a time when the Palestinian Authority themselves have yet to even condemn the October 7 massacre. Here in Israel, we are still in the aftermath of the October 7 massacre. Now is the time for victory, total victory over Hamas. All discussions of the day after Hamas will be had the day after Hamas.”

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Spokesperson for the Israeli government
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“We're going to do it while providing safe passage for the civilian population so they can leave. Those who say that under no circumstances should we enter Rafah, are basically saying 'lose the war, keep Hamas there'.”

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Prime Minister of Israel
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“The southern part of Gaza is one of [Hamas's] command posts, as they call them. There are strategic tunnels, they go deep, like 60 metres or so, and the tactical tunnels, which are like 20, 43 metres. In order to control these tunnels they have to work very hard, to cut these command posts or destroy them so [Hamas] loses this command as a whole, but this would be a very very difficult fight, it would take months. Israel's plan is to begin by forcing Palestinians in the city, many of whom have been displaced multiple times since the beginning of the war, to leave Rafah and move towards the coast, before launching its attacks. This would be a disaster for the civilian population in Rafah.”

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Retired general of the Jordanian air force
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“The Khan Younis Brigade of the Hamas organisation is disbanded, we will complete the mission there and continue to Rafah. We will continue until the end, there is no other way.”

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Israeli Defence Minister
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“The appalling suffering of civilians, both Israeli and Palestinian, is first and foremost the result of Hamas' strategy. If there were acts of genocide, they have been perpetrated against Israel. Hamas seeks genocide against Israel.”

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Israeli foreign ministry's legal adviser
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“[Smotrich] didn't want that discussion [on the day after] to take place. He is very much against the Palestinian Authority [PA] having any rule in Gaza post the war. Netanyahu cancelled the war cabinet, worried it would fracture his coalition, fracture his government and put his position as prime minister at risk. The war cabinet was also meant to discuss a deal with Hamas - negotiated by the Americans, the Qataris and the Egyptians - about exchanging captives for Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails.”

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Al Jazeera correspondent reporting from East Jerusalem
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“One challenge is a ceasefire versus a truce. Palestinians are talking about a full-fledged ceasefire. The Israelis are hearing a 'truce,' a pause. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would also have to pull back from its stated mission of eradicating Hamas. On the one hand [Netanyahu] is still negotiating with Hamas indirectly, but at the same time his main dream is to eradicate Hamas. He lives in two separate worlds and he needs to unify them.”

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Professor of conflict resolution at George Mason University
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“Tehran has been a thoroughly malign influence in the region and in the world. You've got the Houthis, you've got Hezbollah, you've got the Iranian-backed militias in Iraq that have actually been attacking British and American bases, troops. And, of course, Hamas. So you've got all of these proxies, and I think it's incredibly important that, first of all, Iran receives an incredibly clear message that this escalation will not be tolerated.”

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UK Foreign Secretary
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“Our vision is very clear: We want to stop the aggression. What is going on in the ground is a big catastrophe. Brief pauses in the conflict would not be in the interest of Hamas or Palestinians. Israel will take the card of the hostages and after that they will start a new round of mass killing and massacres against our people. We will not play this game.”

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Hamas official
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“The problem this time is different interpretations from Israel and Hamas. Hamas insists this time the deal cannot be a prisoner exchange solely - it has to be based on a permanent ceasefire.”

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Al Jazeera’s journalist
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“There are violations by Hamas when they have human shields. But when one looks at the number of civilians that were killed with the military operations, there is something that is clearly wrong. It is also important to make Israel understand that it is against the interests of Israel to see every day the terrible image of the dramatic humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people. That doesn't help Israel in relation to the global public opinion.”

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Secretary-general of the United Nations
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“The US side tried to convince Turkish officials to put more pressure on Hamas and make it release the captives. But the Turkish position was very clear on this matter. They said that the prisoner release should be mutual, where Hamas releases captives and Israel releases Palestinian prisoners. Turkey also asked for an unconditional ceasefire and said there should be an international mechanism to observe the ceasefire, which Ankara would be the guarantor for. But we haven't heard anything about a ceasefire from Blinken. He has been using the phrase humanitarian pause and the Turkish side has told him that this is not enough.”

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Al Jazeera’s journalist
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