Both the Islamic Resistance Movement (agitation) and Israel reached a prisoner exchange deal between them starting Monday, while media outlets indicated that reaching an exchange agreement was imminent.
A member of the Hamas political bureau, Izzat al-Rishq, said – in a brief statement on Telegram at dawn today – that there is no truth to what was reported by the media attributed to sources in the movement about reaching a prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel that begins today, Monday, without mentioning further details.
In Israel, the Jerusalem Post newspaper said that Tel Aviv denied reaching a ceasefire agreement that begins today, Monday, and leads to the release of detainees held by the resistance.
The newspaper quoted a senior Israeli official as saying there is nothing yet.
In turn, Haaretz newspaper said that the (Israeli Forum for Families of Hostages and Missing Persons) held – yesterday evening, Sunday – contacts with relatives of hostages detained in the Gaza Strip, and informed them of significant progress in negotiations with Hamas towards reaching an agreement to release them.
However, the group explained that although the process is ongoing, it may continue for several more days.
Progress in negotiations
For its part, Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper said – on Sunday evening – that progress had been made in negotiations to reach an agreement to release the hostages between Israel and Hamas, with Qatari mediation.
She added that Hamas announced that it was ready to release a group of 50 of its detainees, in exchange for a truce of 4 to 5 days, with the release of about 150 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, including children and women, and the introduction of fuel into the Gaza Strip.
CNN quoted two sources as saying that the differences in some of the points they described as major had begun to narrow, and that an agreement could therefore be reached within days if what they described as a collapse in the talks did not occur.
She indicated that the draft agreement relates to stopping the fighting for a period of 4 to 5 days in exchange for the release of 50 prisoners held by the resistance.
Yesterday, Sunday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani, the Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, expressed his confidence that an agreement on the exchange deal between Israel and Hamas was near, indicating that there are simple challenges within the negotiations, which are logistical and practical and can be overcome.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani added during a press conference with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell that the disaster is still worsening in Gaza strip In light of the inability of the international community to curb the Israeli aggression.
He said that the massacres committed in Gaza – the latest of which was in Al-Fakhoura School – prove Israel’s lack of respect for international laws, and that there is a double standard among many countries regarding what is happening in Gaza, and that what happened in… Al-Shifa Medical Complex A crime, and unfortunately we did not hear a voice of condemnation from the international community.
The Russian TASS agency reported that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his gratitude to the Qatari authorities for “all mediation efforts” undertaken by Qatar, and called for an immediate ceasefire for humanitarian reasons in Gaza.
Qatari mediation has so far succeeded in releasing four detainees in Gaza – including two American women – and the United States and the United Nations have praised the role played by Doha in this regard.
And she says Izz al-Din al-Qassam BrigadesThe military arm of the Hamas movement, the number of Israeli prisoners held by the resistance in Operation “Al-Aqsa floodOn the 7th of last October, between 200 and 250 prisoners, Al-Qassam has about 200 of them, and the rest are distributed among the other components of the resistance, and it confirms that it is ready for a prisoner exchange deal with Israel in stages or all at once.