Hamas and Israel are moving closer to a cease-fire agreement in the Gaza Stripassured today the leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement, Ismail Haniya, quoted by France Press and Reuters.
“(“Hamas”) sent its response to the Qatari brothers and the mediators. We are getting closer to concluding a ceasefire agreement”Haniya said in a short message posted on the Palestinian movement’s Telegram account, AFP reported.
The Hamas leader reiterated the same in a statement sent to Reuters. The text contains no details.
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The agreement is expected to be presented later today by Qatari officialsanother high-ranking representative of “Hamas” told Qatar’s Al Jazeera television, quoted by Reuters.
Izzat al-Rishek, who is a member of the political bureau of the Palestinian Islamist movement, indicated that the temporary ceasefire would allow humanitarian aid to be delivered to the Gaza Strip.
The deal also provides for the exchange of people between the two sides in the conflicthe noted, specifying that “the expected agreement will include the release of Israeli women and children hostages in exchange for the release of Palestinian children and women from occupation prisons.”
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Yesterday, US President Joe Biden expressed optimism that such an agreement is on the way, Reuters recalls.
A day earlier, Qatar, which brokered the release of hostages held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, said there remain only “very minor” obstacles to reaching a deal on the matternotes AFP.
Yesterday, Ismail Hania met in Qatar, where he lives, with the chairperson of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Miryana Spolaric.
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Hamas took about 240 hostages in its attack in Israel on October 7. It has been rumored for several days that an agreement is on the way to release some of the prisoners in exchange for a ceasefire that would allow the delivery of humanitarian aid, which the population of the Gaza Strip desperately needs.
However, the violence does not stop at this stage.
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At least 17 people were killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip at midnight, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported, as quoted by Reuters.
This data has not been independently verified. So far, there is no comment from the Israeli army.
Source: BTA, Nikolay Stanoev