Hamas is close to a truce agreement with Israel. Reuters reports.
The statement comes despite the fact that attacks on the Gaza Strip continue and rockets are fired at Israel.
Hamas representatives are “close to reaching a ceasefire agreement” with Israel and the group has given its response to the Qatari mediators, said the head of the Palestinian group Ismail Haniya.
The negotiations are for a temporary truce to organize the delivering aid to the Gaza Strip and a deal for the exchange of hostages and prisoners, specified the representative of “Hamas” Izat el Reshik.
“The expected agreement will include the release of Israeli women and children held hostage in exchange for the release of Palestinian children and women in occupation prisons,” he added.
According to him, the details of the truce will be announced by Qatari officials.
Hamas has ended negotiations for the hostages
The decision was made after the Israeli attack on Al-Shifa hospital
Yesterday, US President Joe Biden expressed confidence that an agreement was close. “We are closer now than we were before,” White House spokesman John Kirby said of a deal aimed at securing the release of some hostages held in Gaza and a pause in the fighting that would allow much-needed aid to arrive. in the besieged enclave.
Hamas took about 240 people hostage during its attack in Israel on October 7, in which 1,200 people were killed.
Yesterday, Mirjana Spolaric, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, met Hania in Qatar to “negotiate progress on humanitarian issues” related to the conflict. She also met separately with the Qatari authorities.
The ICRC claims that it is not part of the negotiations aimed at the release of the hostages, but as a neutral mediator it is ready “to facilitate any future release that the parties agree on”.
Israel accuses Hamas of executing a hostage at Al-Shifa hospital
He claims that two foreign prisoners are being held at the medical facility
There has been talk of an impending hostage deal for days. It was reported last week that Qatari mediators were trying to broker a deal between Hamas and Israel to exchange 50 hostages in exchange for a three-day ceasefire to increase emergency aid supplies to civilians in Gaza.
The attack by “Hamas” on October 7 – the deadliest day in Israel’s 75-year historyled to the Israeli army invading Palestinian territory to attack the Palestinian group.
The Gaza government claims that at least 13,300 Palestinians have been killed, including at least 5,600 children and 3,550 women, in the Israeli bombardment.
Biden is optimistic about the deal with Hamas for the hostages in Gaza
About 240 hostages were taken on October 7