Negotiators are trying to reach an agreement to release about 240 hostages, most of them Israelis, who were captured on October 7 in protest against the ceasefire in Gaza, where more than 13,000 people were killed in Israeli attacks.
The release of some Palestinians, including women and children, in Israeli prisons is reportedly being discussed.
NegotiationsShe described the negotiations, which are taking place with the participation of Qatar as a mediator, as “intensive.” The Qatari Prime Minister said on Sunday that the agreement now depends only on “simple” practical issues. US President Biden also said yesterday, Monday, that he believes that a prisoner release agreement is imminent.
Izzat al-Rishq, a Hamas official, told Al Jazeera TV that Qatar will announce the details of the ceasefire at a later time.
There has been no immediate reaction to these statements from the Israeli government yet, according to Agence France-Presse.
Monday evening Mirjana Spoljaric, the head of the International Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross, met with the leader of Qatar and Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, for talks. The ICRC insists on allowing its team to visit the hostages to check on their health and provide them with the medical care and medicines they need. Another goal is to ensure hostages are able to communicate with their families, the organization wrote press release.
The text is updated.
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