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Egypt offers Hamas a two-week ceasefire in exchange for the release of 40 Israeli hostages

Egypt offers Hamas a two-week ceasefire in exchange for the release of 40 Israeli hostages

Egypt proposed a ceasefire to the Islamist group Hamas this Sunday “two or three weeks” in exchange for the release of 40 hostages Palestinian sources told EFE that the Israelis are part of a three-phase plan to achieve a complete end to the war in the Gaza Strip.

According to sources, a Hamas delegation will travel to Qatar, where its political office is located, to consider this proposal, which Egypt will also present to the Islamic Jihad delegation led by its secretary general. Ziad Najalahwho arrived in Cairo today to address the situation in the Palestinian enclave.

The initiative that Egypt offered to the head of Hamas’s political wing Ismail Haniyeconsists of three points: The first provides for a two or three week ceasefire in return for the release of 40 Israeli hostages held by Hamas.

The second point proposes a process of talks between Palestinians that will lead to the formation of a technocratic government in Gaza.

The third and final point, according to sources, suggests halting the war completely, reaching a comprehensive agreement on the exchange of prisoners and hostages between both parties and withdrawing Israel from Gaza.

They explained that Egypt will present this plan to the Secretary General of Islamic Jihad to consolidate the full Palestinian position on this initiative.

However, this Palestinian movement He had previously expressed his opposition to any new hostage exchange agreement with Israel until the Israeli military attack on the Palestinian Strip stops.

Islamic Jihad is a radical Palestinian organization considered terrorist by Israel, the United States and the European Union, operating in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.

Unlike other Palestinian factions, Islamic Jihad refuses to participate in political peace processes and insists that military victory over Israel is the only viable means to achieve its ultimate goal: the establishment of a state in the territories of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

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