Ceasefire and hostage exchange: Agreement between Israel and Hamas close

Israel and Hamas are moving towards a ceasefire. “We are close to reaching an agreement on a ceasefire,” Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said in a message on Telegram. Hamas officials later told broadcaster Al Jazeera that the details of the agreement would be announced by Qatar if the agreement was finalized. The ongoing talks will concern a “certain number” of ceasefires and include agreements on the entry of aid into Gaza and the exchange of hostages taken by Hamas for people imprisoned by Israel, the sources said.

Yesterday, US President Joe Biden said that “an agreement will be reached soon on the release of hostages in Gaza.” White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby confirmed that a deal “has never been closer” but that there was still work to be done. Israeli broadcaster Channel 12 announced that Tel Aviv was negotiating for the release of more than 50 people, including women and children. According to an Israeli diplomatic source, Hamas would in return demand the release of 100 prisoners, including men and women, a five-day pause in fighting and that Israel not use drones to monitor Hamas in recent days.

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Source: Today IT