The Palestinian movement Hamas expects that Qatar, as an intermediary in contacts with the Israeli side, will announce the details of the agreement on the release of the hostages in the coming hours, TV channel Al Arabiya reports, citing a representative of the movement.
– We (Hamas – prim. aut.) we expect that the mediator, Qatarto announce the details of the deal in the coming hours – reports the TV channel, referring to the representative of the movement.
As stated, the agreement will take into account the humanitarian aspect, as well as the exchange of hostages held in Gaza for Palestinian prisoners.
A Hamas official, Izzat el Reshik, said this morning that talks are ongoing between Hamas and Israel on a temporary truce during which aid would be allowed to enter the Gaza Strip and, in addition, hostages and prisoners would be exchanged.
– The expected agreement will include the release of Israeli hostages – women and children – in exchange for the release of Palestinian women and children in occupation prisons – El Reshik told Al Jazeera television. According to him, the details of the truce will be announced by Qatari officials, Reuters reported.
The International Committee of the Red Cross announced last night that its president, Mirjana Špoljarić Eger, traveled to Qatar and met with the leader of the Palestinian organization Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, in order to “achieve progress on humanitarian issues related to the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza”. The Gaza Strip, a very small and densely populated territory on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea that borders Egypt and Israel.
“President Mirjana Špoljarić met with Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the political bureau of Hamas, and separately with the authorities of Qatar“, stated in the statement of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Qatar is mediating efforts to secure the release of Israeli hostages held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The Arab Gulf country expressed its belief on Sunday that there are still “very small” obstacles left to reach an agreement.
According to the ICRC, Špoljarić’s visit is part of the effort to hold “direct talks with all parties, in order to better respect international humanitarian law.”
Manuel Fabian, a war correspondent for The Times of Israel, posted on the social network X (formerly Twitter) the latest Hamas video.