Gaza war: Fewer than 40 hostages qualify for exchange - Hamas to Israel

Gaza war: Fewer than 40 hostages qualify for exchange – Hamas to Israel

Hamas said there were fewer than 40 living prisoners who met the “humanitarian” criteria of the proposed hostage and prisoner ceasefire agreement with Israel.

The claim, made over the weekend, was confirmed by a senior Israeli official during talks in Cairo.

The militant group said it did not have 40 hostages in Gaza that met replacement criteria, according to Britain's Guardian newspaper.

Ceasefire negotiations focus on a U.S.-backed proposal for a gradual exchange of hostages and prisoners of war.

First, in parallel with a six-week ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, women, children, the elderly and the sick (including five female Israeli soldiers) will be exchanged for an estimated 900 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. That will happen.

According to the article, Hamas appears reluctant to invent the numbers needed to exchange the surviving male hostages.

Reliable information about how many hostages remain alive and who is holding them where is difficult to obtain.

CIA Director William Burns presented a new proposal to bridge the gap between the two sides.

The United States is pressuring Israel to release 900 Palestinian prisoners in the first phase of a three-phase deal and allow Palestinians to return to northern Gaza.

Talks that resumed on Sunday showed no signs of progress on a plan proposed by mediators from the United States, Qatar and Egypt that Hamas says it is considering.

Approximately 240 hostages, including some bodies killed in the October 7 Hamas attack on southern Israel, were taken to Gaza during the attack.

To date, 112 hostages have returned alive to Israel.

Of those, 105 were released as part of an exchange last year.


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