JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh claimed in a statement to Reuters that the terrorist group are “approaching a truce agreement” with Israel.Join our WhatsApp group
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Shortly thereafter, the terrorist group announced the details of the agreement it has approved. The deal includes a five-day truce and stipulates the release of “fifty non-military captives and foreign nationals, in exchange for the occupying authorities releasing 300 child and female prisoners.”
Hamas also specified that the pause in fighting would entail “a total suspension of Israeli flights over Gaza, except in the northern areas where Israel will limit flights to six hours daily.”
According to Hamas, 300 trucks carrying food, medical aid and fuel will be allowed into “all regions of the Gaza Strip.” Hamas also reported that the Israeli hostages will be released incrementally, with ten being released each day. The terror organization added that if the first stage of the exchange is successful, there is a possibility of releasing a further 50 hostages in a similar deal.
Israel has not yet commented on the developing deal or on whether it has agreed to the Hamas preconditions. A senior Israeli official said that there is still “technical work” to be done but said that the deal “is very close” to being implemented.
An official who is involved in the negotiations told the Walla news site on Tuesday that the Qatari government is expected to announce the deal during the course of the day.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the War Cabinet on Monday evening met the families of some of the hostages being held by Hamas in Gaza. During the meeting, the members of the cabinet heard the representatives of the families and responded to their questions.
Netanyahu told the families: “The return of the hostages is a sacred task. We have a deep commitment to it and we deal with the issue every day. We will not let up until we complete the task. I say on behalf of all of us: We are committed to this. I am responsible, along with my colleagues, for the return of the hostages.”
At the conclusion of the meeting he added, “I listened to the pain of the families. We spoke heart to heart, I shared with them as much as I could about the diplomatic, intelligence and operational efforts that we are leading around the clock.”
“I told the families that our hostages are always before my eyes – from the moment I get up in the morning until I go to bed late at night – all the time. We will not stop fighting until we return our hostages home, destroy Hamas and ensure that there is no more threat from Gaza,” Netanyahu said.