Qatari PM: Ceasefire talks at 'almost a stalemate'

Qatar has spent months trying to calm tensions in Gaza by hosting talks between Israel and Hamas to secure the release of hostages and to reach a ceasefire. However, the country's leader admits that negotiations are "in a status of almost a stalemate."

Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said Hamas wants to see an end to the fighting before even talking about hostages. However, he added, Israel has a different idea.

The prime minister said, "As long as there is not any commonality between those two things -- it won't get us a result."

He also said the Israeli offensive in the southern city of Rafah set the talks "backward."

The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement on Tuesday that, over the past day, they struck over 100 targets throughout Gaza and "eliminated" dozens of Hamas fighters.

Al Jazeera reports that an airstrike in the central city of Nuseirat hit a residential building, killing at least 40 people, including children.

Residents of Gaza are struggling to get access to the medical care they urgently need. The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Tuesday that it opened a field hospital in Rafah on May 9. It said the facility can treat about 200 people a day.

Officials with the group urged all parties involved in the conflict to "respect and protect" the medical mission.