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Hamas proposes prisoner and hostage release deal for ceasefire

Hamas proposes prisoner and hostage release deal for ceasefire

Hamas has reportedly proposed a ceasefire deal, offering the release of Israeli hostages in exchange for freedom for Palestinian prisoners, prioritizing vulnerable groups such as women, children, elderly, and ill individuals.

The proposal outlines the release of 700-1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, including 100 serving life sentences. Notably, Hamas specifies the inclusion of Israeli "female recruits" in the initial release. However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office has labelled the demands as "unrealistic."

Efforts to broker a ceasefire have intensified as the humanitarian situation in Gaza continues to deteriorate, with a quarter of the population facing famine. Mediators from Egypt and Qatar have been at the forefront of negotiations, aiming to bridge the gap between Israel and Hamas.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has emphasized the urgency of reaching a ceasefire, emphasizing the need for aid delivery and facilitating the movement of displaced Palestinians within Gaza. El-Sisi also warned against the potential consequences of an Israeli incursion into Rafah, a border area with Egypt.

The possibility of an assault on Rafah has sparked international concern, with fears of dire consequences for civilians. Hamas attributes the faltering ceasefire negotiations to Netanyahu's rejection of their demands, which include a permanent ceasefire, Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, and the return of displaced individuals to their homes.

In a previous draft proposal from Gaza truce talks in Paris, a 40-day pause in military operations and a prisoner exchange at a ratio of 10 to one were suggested. The latest Hamas proposal mirrors this ratio for the exchange of hostages and prisoners, with a subsequent agreement on a permanent ceasefire and the release of all detainees from both sides.

The conflict, triggered by a Hamas-led attack on southern Israeli towns, has resulted in significant casualties on both sides. Israeli tallies report 1,200 deaths and 253 hostages taken since the conflict erupted. In response, Israel's military campaign in Gaza has led to over 31,000 deaths and more than 71,500 injuries, according to Gaza health authorities.

The repercussions of the conflict extend beyond the region, with Lebanon's Hezbollah and pro-Iranian groups in Iraq engaging in hostilities with Israel. Additionally, Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis have targeted ships in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.

As the war enters its sixth month, the United Nations has sounded alarm bells over the humanitarian crisis, warning that over half a million people in Gaza are on the brink of famine. Pressure mounts on Israel to allow increased access for aid delivery amid escalating global concern.

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