and Hamas near hostage deal – WaPo

35 and Hamas near hostage deal – WaPo

The Palestinian group had earlier signaled it was able to launch as much as 70 Israeli youngsters and girls in alternate for a five-day ceasefire

Israel and Hamas are edging towards a hostage deal that would end result within the launch of a lot of the Israeli girls and youngsters captured by the Palestinian armed group for the reason that October 7 assault, the Washington Publish reported on Monday, citing a senior Israeli official.

“The final define of the deal is known,” the Publish’s supply mentioned, including that the settlement could possibly be introduced inside a number of days as soon as particulars have been hashed out.

In keeping with the report, the settlement may contain the discharge of Israeli prisoners in teams in alternate for the simultaneous releasing of Palestinian girls and younger folks held by West Jerusalem.

In a press release on Monday, Abu Ubaida, spokesman for Hamas’ al-Qassam Brigades, mentioned that the group was able to free as much as 70 Israeli youngsters and girls in alternate for a five-day truce.

In the meantime, an unnamed Arab official informed the Publish that Israel was holding at the least 120 Palestinian girls and younger folks in prisons. Nonetheless, in response to Ubaida, Hamas has been searching for the discharge of as many as 200 Palestinian youngsters and 75 girls.

A possible settlement may end result not solely in a prisoner swap and a short lived truce, however may additionally enable extra worldwide help to Gaza, which has been below “full siege” for a number of weeks now, a supply informed the Publish. Nonetheless, Israel is claimed to need to confirm the precise identities of these to be launched, with this level reportedly nonetheless topic to negotiations.

In keeping with an Israeli official interviewed by the paper, one other issue within the hostage talks is that whereas the “overwhelming majority” of the hostages are held by Hamas, others are within the custody of different teams. Nonetheless, he reportedly identified that Hamas “has the facility to barter for almost all of them.”

After Hamas launched a shock assault on Israel final month, it took greater than 240 hostages, together with not solely members of the army, but additionally civilians and overseas nationals. To this point, the Palestinian group has freed 4 folks – a mom and daughter from Chicago and two aged Israeli girls. Qatar, which hosts Hamas’ political bureau in Doha, was instrumental in securing this launch, with quite a few media stories suggesting that the emirate continues to play a serious mediation function within the battle.

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