The leader of Hamas said on Tuesday that the Palestinian terrorist group was nearing an agreement with Israel that could see the release of hostages in exchange for a temporary ceasefire.
Reuters reported that the negotiations were ongoing, even though Israel continued its ground operations in Gaza and rockets were fired into the Jewish state.
The development comes after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that a deal had not been reached between the two parties. The Israeli leader turned down a ceasefire proposal earlier this month, shortly after the Jewish state declared war.
Now, Hamas officials claim to be close to a “truce agreement” and that the proposal has reportedly been passed to Qatari mediators. Reuters noted that a source shared that the potential agreement was in its “final stages.”
While all the details of the potential truce agreement are unknown, it appears that Israel would receive 50 hostages in exchange for a temporary ceasefire. However, the specific duration of the ceasefire has not been agreed upon.
The release of 50 hostages would not come anywhere close to the total number of people abducted by Hamas on October 7, which is estimated…
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