A truce deal between Hamas and Israel may be close, according to statements from the head of Hamas and Qatari mediators involved in the talks. The deadly attacks on Gaza continue, with rockets being fired at Israel daily.
Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Herzog, expressed hope for an agreement “in the coming days,” while Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said that remaining concerns were “very minor.” However, White House deputy national security adviser Jon Finer warned that sensitive negotiations like this can fall apart at the last minute and nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.
According to a statement from Ismail Haniyeh sent to Reuters by his aide, Hamas officials have been discussing how long the truce would last and agreements to deliver aid to Gaza and exchange Israeli hostages held by Hamas for Palestinian prisoners in Israel. The ICRC also met with Hamas leadership and Qatari authorities to address humanitarian issues related to the conflict.
However, reports of an imminent hostage deal have been circulating for days, with Qatari mediators seeking a ceasefire agreement and exchange of hostages. Despite these efforts, Hamas launched a barrage of rockets towards Tel Aviv and central Israel on Monday, indicating the complexity and fragility of the situation.