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War in Gaza: Hamas confirms the negotiation of a three-day truce in exchange for the release of some 12 hostages

A source close to the radical Palestinian group Hamas confirmed negotiations for a truce on Wednesday. three days in the Gaza Strip in exchange for the release of a group of hostages.

The information had already emerged earlier this Wednesday from Qatari sources.

A man makes T-shirts with the face of a hostage and the legend “bring him home now.” Photo: Reuters

According to this version, Qatar is mediating between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas for the release of between 10 and 15 hostages captives in Gaza in exchange for a ceasefire of one or two days.

“Negotiations mediated by the Qataris are taking place, in coordination with the United Statesto guarantee the release of 10 to 15 hostages in exchange for a ceasefire of one or two days,” anticipated the source who spoke to the AFP agency and who requested anonymity.

A source close to the Islamist movement in power in Gaza told AFP that it is “a three-day humanitarian truce.”

The discussions stumble for the moment on the “duration” of the truce and the inclusion in it “from the northern Gaza Striptheater of the main combat operations, the source specified, adding that “Qatar awaits a response from the Israelis.”

240 hostages

The Israeli Army has been bombing the Gaza Strip since October 7, in response to the incursion launched by Hamas against its territory that left more than 1,400 dead, most of them civilians, and took some 240 people hostage, including Argentines, according to the Israeli authorities.

On the Palestinian side, more than 10,500 peoplemostly civilians and among them more than 4,000 childrendied in Israeli bombings, according to the Ministry of Health of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

A Palestinian woman cries after losing her son.  Photo: EFE A Palestinian woman cries after losing her son. Photo: EFE

Qatar, where HAmas has its political bureauprovided millions of dollars in financial aid to Gaza and had previously participated in the mediation that led to the release of four hostages: an American and her daughter and two Israeli women.

Last Sunday, Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohamed bin Abdelrahman al Thani stated that his country is determined to continue with mediation effortsdespite the difficulties “caused by the actions of the Israeli occupation” on the ground.

With informationAFP no.

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