Israel and Hamas have not ruled out a ceasefire. New reports from Egypt

Egyptian intelligence sources say Israel and Hamas are open to a renewed ceasefire and the release of the hostages.

In early December, Israel resumed its offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli side has not decided to extend the ceasefire.

Let us not forget that the armistice began on November 24. The agreement originally called for the release of at least fifty Israeli and foreign hostages – women and children – in exchange for a four-day ceasefire. It was also agreed that for every ten additional hostages released, there would be one additional day of ceasefire. This is what happened: the agreement was extended for a few days through mediation by Qatar and Egypt. During this period (seven days), Hamas released more than 100 hostages, most of them Israelis, in exchange for the release of 240 Palestinians from prisons in Israel.

Israel and Hamas accused each other of violating the ceasefire agreement.

Ceasefire in Gaza?

The Reuters news agency reported that two sources from the Egyptian secret services, speaking on condition of anonymity, claim that Israel and Hamas are open to a renewed ceasefire and the release of the hostages. However, they cannot agree on the details.

Hamas is pushing for the unilateral drawing up of a list of hostages to be released and demanding that Israeli forces withdraw behind a specific line. Israel is willing to agree to the list drawn up by Hamas, but wants to see it first before determining the duration of the ceasefire, and also refuses to withdraw troops behind a specific line.

Representatives of Egypt and Qatar, who negotiated the first ceasefire and hostage exchange, are calling for humanitarian aid to be expedited and the Kerem Shalom border crossing to be opened before negotiations begin.

Israeli operation against Hamas

On October 27, Israel’s ground invasion of the northern Gaza Strip began. The primary goal is to eliminate Hamas and permanently remove the threat from this direction. The operation was preceded by massive bombings and a call for Palestinians to evacuate south. Some Palestinians were unable and some unwilling to evacuate, increasing the number of civilian casualties from Israeli attacks.

Tensions rose again in the Middle East on October 7, when militants from the radical Palestinian movement Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip. Hamas said it was in response to aggressive actions by Israeli authorities against the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City. In response, Israel announced a complete blockade of the Gaza Strip and began launching rocket attacks on Gaza, as well as on some districts of Lebanon and Syria.

Source: Do Rzeczy

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