Truce Negotiations in Gaza Strip: Updates and Progress

2024-02-25 14:09:25

Informed Egyptian sources revealed, on Sunday, the resumption of truce negotiations for the Gaza Strip, which has been subjected to a devastating Israeli war since last October 7, at a time when the Hamas movement accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of evasion and evading responding to the most important demands of the resistance.

The private Cairo News Channel, which is close to the Egyptian authorities, quoted the sources as saying, “The resumption of truce negotiations in the Gaza Strip is taking place through meetings at the level of specialists held in Doha, followed by meetings in the Egyptian capital.”

This comes after an Israeli official said, on Sunday, that discussions regarding the release of Israeli prisoners detained in Gaza “have witnessed significant progress,” according to the private Israeli Channel 12.

The official, whose identity was not revealed by the Hebrew channel, said that Israel will send a delegation to Qatar in the next few days to discuss the full details, pointing out that these discussions will discuss the names and numbers of Palestinian prisoners and Israeli detainees who will be released.

However, Hamas considered, in a statement issued by a leadership source in the movement on Sunday, that the atmosphere of optimism about the imminence of reaching an agreement on a prisoner exchange deal with Israel “does not reflect the truth.”

The statement quoted the source as saying, “Hamas dealt with the mediators (Qatar and Egypt) positively in order to end the suffering of our people and stop the war of extermination,” noting also that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is evading and evading responding to the most important demands of the resistance to stop the aggression, complete withdrawal, and the return of the displaced to the north.” Gaza strip”.

The Hamas leader added: “Killing our people by starvation in the northern Gaza Strip is a crime of genocide that threatens the entire process of negotiations.”

On Saturday evening, the War Council of the Israeli emergency government approved the broad lines of negotiations regarding the prisoner exchange deal, according to the Hebrew newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.

The newspaper said on its website: “Last night, the Military Cabinet approved the principles of the broad outlines of negotiations on the prisoner exchange deal, which was agreed upon at the second Paris summit.”

On Friday, a conference was held in Paris, with the participation of Israel, the United States, Egypt and Qatar, to discuss a prisoner exchange deal and stop the war in the Gaza Strip before the holy month of Ramadan next March.

Last week, meetings in Cairo showed Hamas’s insistence on ending the war on Gaza, which Israel rejects, according to the official Israeli Broadcasting Authority.

Tel Aviv estimates that there are about 134 Israeli detainees in Gaza, while it detains at least 8,800 Palestinians in its prisons, according to official sources from both parties.

With Qatari-Egyptian-American mediation, a truce prevailed between Hamas and Israel for a week that ended on December 1, during which a ceasefire took place, a prisoner exchange took place, and very limited humanitarian aid was brought into Gaza, where about 2.4 million Palestinians live.

As of Sunday, the Israeli war on Gaza left 29,692 martyrs and 69,879 wounded, most of them children and women, in addition to thousands missing under the rubble, according to the Palestinian authorities.

For the first time since its establishment in 1948, Israel is currently being tried before the International Court of Justice (headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands), the highest judicial body in the United Nations, on charges of committing genocide crimes against the Palestinians.

The court also holds hearings for more than 50 countries, in preparation for issuing an advisory opinion requested by the United Nations General Assembly regarding the legal consequences arising from Israel’s policies and practices in the occupied Palestinian territories.

TRT Arabic – Agencies

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