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Hamas Leader Haniyeh Indicates Approaching Truce Agreement with Israel in Gaza

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The agreement is anticipated to involve the exchange of captives for Palestinian prisoners with Israel, leading to a temporary ceasefire

Hamas leaders are working towards reaching an agreement for peace with Israel after weeks of conflict in the Gaza Strip. Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas, shared that the group has responded to Qatari mediators involved in the ongoing talks. The details of the response are not fully disclosed, but negotiations are focused on determining the duration of the ceasefire, facilitating the delivery of aid to Gaza, and discussing the exchange of Israeli captives held by Hamas for Palestinian prisoners in Israel.

As part of the potential agreement, both sides are expected to release women and children. The official announcement of the agreement’s specifics will be made by Qatar, which is mediating in these discussions, as mentioned by Ezzat el-Reshiq, a Hamas official.

The proposed agreement encompasses a ceasefire, arrangements for aid delivery to all areas in Gaza through trucks, and the transfer of injured individuals to other countries for medical treatment. El-Reshiq noted that talks between the conflicting parties have been ongoing for weeks, with the Israeli side causing delays in finalizing the agreement.

The Hamas official emphasized that the agreement has been endorsed by all brigades in Gaza through phone consultations, highlighting unity both on the battlefield and in political decision-making. Additionally, Yahya Sinwar, another senior Hamas official, mentioned that the agreement would prohibit the activity of Israeli aircraft in Gaza during the truce.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh talks after meeting with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri in Beirut, Lebanon in June 2021 [File: Aziz Taher/Reuters]
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh talks after meeting with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri in Beirut, Lebanon in June 2021 [File: Aziz Taher/Reuters]

There’s been talk recently about a possible agreement between Hamas and Israel to exchange captives for prisoners. This exchange would be part of a temporary ceasefire, allowing emergency aid to be sent to the civilians in Gaza who need it.

Last week, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution, introduced by Malta, calling for urgent and extended humanitarian pauses and corridors in the Gaza Strip. The goal is to facilitate aid delivery and medical evacuations. The resolution also emphasizes the need for corridors to be open for a sufficient number of days to protect civilians, especially children.

UN Chief Antonio Guterres mentioned on Monday that the world is witnessing an unprecedented level of civilian deaths in Gaza. He highlighted the tragic impact on children, with thousands killed in just a few weeks. According to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, at least 13,000 Palestinians, including around 5,600 children and 3,500 women, have been killed since Israel’s air and ground assault on Gaza after the October 7 attacks by Hamas on Israel.

Hamas and allied groups took about 240 captives during their incursion into southern Israel, resulting in approximately 1,200 casualties, according to Israeli authorities.

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