DOHA: The Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and President of the United States of America Joe Biden on Tuesday discussed the latest developments in Gaza and the occupied Palestinian territories, especially mediation efforts for a permanent ceasefire.
Accordioning to Qatar State News Agency both leaders discussed the issues during a phone call that the Amir received from the US President on Tuesday.
During the call, they talked about the strategic ties between the two friendly states and ways to support and develop them, in addition to the most prominent regional and international topics of common interest.
Earlier, Qatar helped broker weeklong cease-fire of the Gaza war in November. During the pause in fighting 110 Israeli captives and 240 Palestinian prisoners were freed.
20,915 Palestinians killed in Gaza war
According to Gaza health ministry at least 20,915 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have been killed in relentless Israeli bombardments since October 7.
In the past 24 hours alone, the health ministry confirmed 241 more deaths and 382 new injuries, underlining the ongoing severity of the situation in the Gaza Strip as Israel intensified its brutal military attacks.
The UN has said that some 1.87 million Palestinians, over 80 percent of Gaza’s population, have left their homes because of the Israeli bombardment of the besieged enclave.
The Israeli raids have almost destroyed entire neighborhoods in northern Gaza. Israeli ground troops have been facing heavy resistance from Hamas fighters in the area.
Since the start of 2023, a total of 1,094 structures have been demolished in the occupied West Bank, leading to the displacement of at least 2,127 Palestinians.