STORY: A senior Hamas official said on Tuesday the Palestinian militant group had accepted a United Nations-backed ceasefire resolution and is ready to negotiate details.

:: June 10, 2024

The U.N. Security Council approved U.S. President Joe Biden's proposal for a truce on Monday.

Biden's proposal would pause fighting in the Gaza Strip and facilitate the return of Israelis held hostage by Hamas.... ultimately leading to an end to the war.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in Tel Aviv on Tuesday and said Hamas' response to the resolution was a (quote) "hopeful sign."

"...yesterday the United Nations Security Council in effect speaking for the entire international community, made it as clear as it could possible could be, that this is what the world is looking for..."

But he said he'd seen such signs before.

"What is dis-positive, at least what so far has been dis-positive, is one way or another is the word coming from Gaza and from the Hamas leadership in Gaza, that's what counts. And that's what we don't have yet and that's why I say we are waiting to see."

:: June 10, 2024

The governments of Egypt and Qatar have been mediating talks between Israel and Hamas. An official close to those talks told Reuters mediators have not received formal replies from either side accepting the U.N.-backed truce proposal.

And both sides suggested on Tuesday the plan fit their clashing goals, raising doubt whether any genuine headway towards a deal had been made.

:: Released October 7, 2023

The war began when Hamas-led Palestinian militants stormed into southern Israel from Gaza on Oct. 7, killing more than 1,200 people and seizing more than 250 as hostages, according to Israeli tallies.

Israel's retaliatory air and ground onslaught in Gaza has killed more than 37,000 Palestinians, the Gaza health ministry said on Tuesday. Israeli strikes have reduced most of the densely-populated coastal enclave to wasteland.

Blinken traveled from Israel to neighboring Jordan for a summit on the humanitarian response for Gaza's 2.3 million residents, most of whom are now homeless.

The American diplomat announced more than $400 million in assistance for Palestinians.