GAZA: The chief of Hamas informed Reuters on Tuesday (Nov 21) that the Palestinian militant group was close to a truce settlement with Israel, even because the lethal assault on Gaza continued and rockets had been being fired into Israel.
Hamas officers are “near reaching a truce settlement” with Israel and the group has delivered its response to Qatari mediators, Ismail Haniyeh mentioned in a press release despatched to Reuters by his aide.
There have been no extra particulars in regards to the phrases of the potential settlement.
US President Joe Biden mentioned on Monday he believed an accord was close to. “We’re nearer now than we have been earlier than,” White Home spokesman John Kirby mentioned of an settlement geared toward securing the discharge of some hostages held in Gaza and a pause within the combating that will enable much-needed support into the besieged enclave.
Hamas took about 240 hostages throughout its Oct 7 rampage into Israel that killed 1,200 folks.
Mirjana Spoljaric, president of the Worldwide Committee of the Purple Cross (ICRC), met Haniyeh in Qatar on Monday to “advance humanitarian points” associated to the battle, the Geneva-based ICRC mentioned in a press release. She additionally met individually with Qatari authorities.
The ICRC mentioned it was not a part of negotiations geared toward releasing the hostages, however as a impartial middleman it was prepared “to facilitate any future launch that the events comply with.”
Discuss of an imminent hostage deal has swirled for days. Reuters reported final week that Qatari mediators had been searching for a deal for Hamas and Israel to trade 50 hostages in return for a three-day ceasefire that will enhance emergency support shipments to Gaza civilians, citing an official briefed on the talks.
Israeli Ambassador to the USA Michael Herzog mentioned on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that he hoped for an settlement “within the coming days” whereas Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani mentioned that the remaining sticking factors had been “very minor”.
A deal has appeared shut earlier than.
“Delicate negotiations like this could collapse on the final minute,” White Home deputy nationwide safety adviser Jon Finer informed NBC’s “Meet the Press” program on Sunday. “Nothing is agreed till every thing is agreed.”
Hamas’ raid on Oct 7, the deadliest day in Israel’s 75-year-old historical past, prompted Israel to invade the Palestinian territory to focus on Hamas.
Since then, Gaza’s Hamas-run authorities mentioned not less than 13,300 Palestinians have been killed, together with not less than 5,600 kids and three,550 ladies, by unrelenting Israeli bombardment.
Hamas mentioned on its Telegram account on Monday that it had launched a barrage of missiles in the direction of Tel Aviv. Witnesses additionally reported rockets being fired at central Israel.