In the final hours of a ceasefire that eventually lasted six days, sources close to Hamas revealed this The terrorist organization is negotiating with Israel for another four-day break and the release of more Palestinian prisoners – some with blood crimes – in exchange for the release of a new group of Gaza hostages, including: for the first time, adult men and even Israeli soldiers.
The ceasefire, which has been in effect for six days – Israel agreed on Monday to extend the ceasefire by 24 hours for each released group of ten hostages – is expected to end this morning. A period that, at the end of this edition, allowed the release of a total of 61 Israeli hostages and 20 citizens of other nationalities. While waiting for new releases – the Israeli government received the names of the ten members of the sixth group of hostages from Hamas on Wednesday morning – the terrorists ended the captivity of two Israelis with Russian citizenship yesterday afternoon.
On the Palestinian side, negotiations between Hamas and Israel have allowed 180 prisoners – the last 30 yesterday – to leave the Israeli prisons where they were serving their sentences. It is estimated that there are around 7,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.
While the agreement to extend the ceasefire was taken for granted by Egypt yesterday morning, mediators from Qatar, a key country in the negotiations with Israel – the Gulf emirate is Hamas’s main supporter alongside Iran and claims – have at the same time maintained close ties with the United States – said it remained committed to a “sustainable” cessation of hostilities and was “very optimistic”.
“We have given priority to those among the hostages who are most at risk, compared to women and children. “We are already on the way to the civilians, before there will be any longer discussions, the (Israeli) soldiers,” the Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesman revealed to CNN cameras yesterday. For her part, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield yesterday expressed her readiness to “extend the humanitarian pause.” “Israel has made it very clear that it is prepared to continue the pause for any day that Hamas releases 10 more hostages,” the U.S. official said.
In this sense, official Israeli sources assured yesterday, on condition of anonymity, that Hamas is still holding women and children hostage in Gaza in order to allow the ceasefire to be extended for another two to three days. “We know for sure that from the list of women and children there are additional hostages in the hands of Hamas for at least two more days, possibly three,” the Israeli official said, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
Both Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday dispelled any doubts about the continuation of the anti-terror operation in Gaza. The War Cabinet’s defense chief announced yesterday afternoon that his forces were “using all means at their disposal to return all hostages” and that they “stand ready to resume fighting immediately.”
Netanyahu, for his part, yesterday ruled out the possibility of a permanent ceasefire. “Since the beginning of the war, I have set myself three goals: the destruction of Hamas, the return of all those abducted and ensuring that Gaza never again poses a threat to Israel.” “The three goals remain,” said the head of Israel’s emergency cabinet yesterday.
With the impending end of the ceasefire and the resumption of the anti-terror operation in Gaza, the Israeli Armed Forces yesterday warned the population of Gaza not to move again to the north of the territory, where Tel Aviv has been concentrating its efforts for weeks. to end Hamas’ war capabilities.
Meanwhile, the IDF conducted a new counterterrorism operation in the northern West Bank yesterday. According to Palestinian Authority health sources, the
Two minors aged 8 and 15 were killed in attacks by Israeli forces in Jenin. IDF sources also confirmed that four people were injured in the explosion caused by the exchange of fire between Israeli troops and terrorist groups in the above-mentioned Palestinian camp. Health officials in the Palestinian Authority-controlled territory raise the death toll since the start of the war between Hamas and Israel to 190. Tensions between Jewish settlers in the West Bank and the Palestinian population continue to rise as the days pass, raising expectations of a new outbreak of violence.
Since the start of the war between Tel Aviv and Hamas, the death toll on the Israeli side has exceeded 1,200; At least 150 people have still been kidnapped by various terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip since the terrorist organization carried out its series of attacks on Israeli soil on October 7. According to the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Gaza Strip, 14,854 people have lost their lives in the hands of Hamas as a result of Israel’s continuous anti-terror operations in the territory.