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Israel-Gaza live updates: Hamas submits its response to cease-fire proposal

A U.S. official described the response as a counter with additional demands.

As the Israel-Hamas war continues, negotiations are apparently stalled to secure the release of hostages taken by the terrorist organization, and Israeli forces continue to launch incursions in the southern Gazan town of Rafah ahead of a possible large-scale invasion.


IDF counter-terror operation leaves 3 dead, 2 detained, officials say

Israeli forces returned to Jenin, in the West Bank, on Thursday to conduct what they called a "13-hour counter-terror operation" that left three killed, two detained and multiple injured, according to the local Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

The youngest person killed was 19 and the oldest 70, according to the PRCS report.

Bulldozers were filmed in central Jenin, where UNRWA said there was heavy damage, as well as in the town of Qabatiya, south of Jenin, where the Israeli forces say they conducted a "pressure cooker" procedure on a house where they say two senior terrorists were staying.

Two suspects were killed, according to the IDF statement. The PRCS reports three killed and multiple people injured by shrapnel and beating.

The IDF reported two died in the operation.

-ABC News' Camilla Alcini


State Department 'disappointed' by Hamas' 'continued haggling and delay'

State Department spokesperson Matt Miller on Thursday shed little light on the next steps for negotiations toward a cease-fire deal, but dismissed the idea that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s and other Israeli officials’ lack of public enthusiasm for the proposal soured the chances that Hamas would accept it.

"I personally doubt that comments, or lack of comments, from the Israeli government had anything to do with the Hamas response," he said. "We were disappointed both that it took so long to get a response and that the response had a number of changes that could drag the negotiations out further."

Miller was also reticent to discuss remaining sticking points, but on multiple occasions, he dismissed the idea that Hamas should need assurances for a lasting peace, emphasizing that if the proposal were enacted, the cease-fire prescribed under phase one of the deal would last as long as negotiations did.

"At least we would have had a cease-fire. We would have had a halt to the suffering," Miller said. "Hamas didn't do that. Instead, they dragged it out for 12 days, and now there will be continued haggling and delay."

-ABC News’ Shannon Crawford


Biden says 'I haven't lost hope' on reaching cease-fire deal

President Joe Biden said the G7 leaders discussed the Gaza cease-fire and hostage proposal on Thursday.

When asked if he was confident a deal would be reached soon, Biden said, "No." He added, "I haven't lost hope -- but it's going to be tough.”

"Hamas has to move," Biden said.

-ABC News’ Justin Gomez



Israel won’t send delegation for further talks on deal: Israeli source

Israel will not send a delegation for further talks on a cease-fire deal, an Israeli source confirms to ABC News.

The U.S., Egypt and Qatar are still trying to pressure Hamas to return to the outline of a cease-fire deal presented by President Joe Biden.

Hamas in a statement Thursday said they have "demonstrated, in all stages of negotiations to stop the aggression, the required positivity to reach a comprehensive and satisfactory agreement, based on the fair demands of our people for a definitive cessation of aggression, a complete withdrawal [of IDF forces] from the Gaza Strip, the return of the displaced, the reconstruction and a serious prisoner exchange deal."