The leader of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh has said that the group is close to reaching a “truce agreement” with Israel, raising hopes of a pause in hostilities in Gaza that could see hostages freed . quotes the BBC as reporting.
Israel has, however, not commented on the agreement especially given the insistence of Hamas that the truce would prohibit activity in the air.
Earlier PM Benjamin Netanyahu said his country would not stop fighting until hostages are brought home
A deal could see Hamas returning hostages in exchange for Israel’s release of jailed Palestinians, according to AFP and Al Jazeera.
US President Joe Biden on Monday said he believed a deal was close – the White House spoke of temporary pauses in fighting to allow hostages safely out
The International Committee of the Red Cross, which helped facilitate previous deals, has been meeting Hamas leaders in Qatar – raising further hopes of a truce in Gaza.
Meanwhile, fighting continues to rage in Gaza, with the Israeli military saying it has surrounded the city of Jabalia in the north
Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry says 13,300 people, including more than 5,000 children, have been killed in Israel’s campaign
Israel began attacking Hamas-run Gaza after Hamas fighters crossed the border on 7 October, killing 1,200 people and taking more than 200 others hostage