ABC News quoted two American officials as saying that the United States maintains all options regarding the return of “hostages” held by the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip. Gaza On the table, as negotiations aimed at their release continue.
The network quoted the two officials as saying that the United States plays an important role in pushing forward negotiations between the Islamic Resistance Movement (agitation) And Israel, at the same time, is formulating plans, in cooperation with international partners, for tactical hostage recovery operations that can be implemented if it is confirmed that they can be carried out “with a reasonable level of risk,” according to the website’s expression.
The two officials confirmed that Washington believes that reaching an agreement through mediators to recover the hostages is the best option to secure the release of a large number of them, noting that the conditions on the ground during the first days of the war made it extremely difficult to carry out any operation to free the hostages.
The American network quoted the two officials as saying that America is working with both Qatar and Egypt to push Israel and Hamas to reach an agreement to release many prisoners in Gaza, whose number exceeds 200 according to Israeli estimates, about 10 of whom hold American citizenship.
ABC News also quoted a senior US administration official as saying that Hamas and Israel were on the verge of reaching an agreement at various stages in recent weeks, but the negotiations collapsed during the final round every time.
The network said that multiple sources confirmed to it that negotiations are taking place between Hamas and Israel to reach an agreement that would allow the release of 50 hostages – most of them women and children – in exchange for a truce for several days and the release of an as-yet-unspecified number of Palestinian children and women imprisoned in Israeli prisons.
Abu Ubaida was the spokesman for the Brigades Izz al-Din al-Qassam The military arm of the Hamas movement announced yesterday, Saturday, the loss of contact with a number of groups charged with protecting Israeli prisoners in Gaza, and said that the fate of the prisoners and their captors is still unknown after losing contact with them.
Hamas previously announced that the number of prisoners it held was between 200 and 250 Israelis and others of other nationalities during the battle.Al-Aqsa floodlaunched by the Al-Qassam Brigades on October 7th.
Hamas indicated that among the detainees were “high-ranking military personnel,” and that it wanted to exchange them for more than 6,000 Palestinian prisoners – including children and women – in Israeli prisons, but Tel Aviv did not show seriousness in concluding such a deal.
The movement released 4 female prisoners “for humanitarian reasons” – including two who hold American citizenship – in response to Qatari mediation efforts, and two Israeli women with Egyptian-Qatari mediation.