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    Biden Hopes Cease-Fire, Hostage Deal to Pause Israel-Hamas War Can Take Effect by Next Monday

    Biden Hopes Cease-Fire, Hostage Deal to Pause Israel-Hamas War Can Take Effect by Next Monday

    YORK — President Joe Biden said Monday that he hopes a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that would pause hostilities and allow for remaining hostages to be released can take effect by early next week.

    Asked when he thought a cease-fire could begin, Biden said: “Well I hope by the beginning of the weekend. The end of the weekend. My national security adviser tells me that we're close. We're close. We're not done yet. My hope is by next Monday we'll have a ceasefire.”

    Biden commented in New York after taping an appearance on 's “Late Night With Seth Meyers.”

    Negotiations are underway for a weekslong cease-fire between Israel and Hamas to allow for the release of hostages being held in by the militant group in return for Israel releasing hundreds of Palestinian prisoners. The proposed six-week pause in fighting would also include allowing hundreds of trucks to deliver desperately needed aid into Gaza every day.

    Negotiators face an unofficial deadline of the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan around March 10, a period that often sees heightened Israeli-Palestinian tensions.

    Meanwhile, Israel has failed to comply with an order by the United ' top court to provide urgently needed aid to desperate people in the Gaza Strip, Human Rights Watch said Monday, a month after a landmark ruling in The Hague ordered Israel to moderate its war.

    In a preliminary response to a South African…

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