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Hamas accepts US offer to negotiate over Israeli hostages

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul8,2024

Hamas accepted US offer to negotiate on Israeli hostages

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16 days after the first phase of the agreement to end the war in Gaza, Hamas accepted the US proposal to begin negotiations on the release of Israeli hostages, including soldiers and men, a source from the ruling organization in Gaza told Reuters on Saturday, July 6.

The Islamist group rejected its demand that Israel first commit to a permanent ceasefire before signing the agreement. She said she would allow the talks to culminate in an agreement within a six-week first phase.

A Palestinian official close to the international mediation team said the proposal could lead to a framework agreement if accepted by Israel.

A source on the Israeli negotiating team, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there was now a real chance of reaching an agreement. This stands in stark contrast to past Israeli statements that Hamas' terms are unacceptable.

Binyamin Netanyahu's office confirmed that talks would continue next week, but stressed that differences between the parties still remained.

New The proposal assumes that mediators will guarantee a temporary ceasefire, the delivery of aid and the withdrawal of Israeli troops during indirect negotiations on the implementation of the second phase of the agreement, a Hamas source said.

Efforts to secure a ceasefire and release hostages in Gaza have intensified in the past few days, thanks to active shuttle diplomacy between Washington, Israel and Qatar, leading mediation efforts from Doha – headquarters of the Hamas leadership in exile.

A regional source said the US administration is making every effort to conclude a deal before the presidential elections in November.

Prepared by: Sergei Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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