ONLINE: Information is emerging about the cease-fire in Gaza. Israel has so far denied them

Reports of a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip abound, but Israel has rejected them. But the relatives of the kidnapped Israelis were informed of “significant progress” in the negotiations with Hamas.


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A UN-provided tent camp for Palestinians displaced by Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip in Khan Younis, Sunday, November 19, 2023. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have fled their homes in northern Gaza, where Israel is advancing a ground offensive against the ruling Hamas militant group.




Highlights

  • Both Israel and Hamas have so far denied the information about the cease-fire that has been circulating

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6:20 am The Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad, citing a Hamas official, wrote that a ceasefire between the radical Palestinian movement and Israel will come into effect in the Gaza Strip on Monday morning. But Israel immediately denied it, according to the DPA agency. However, the server of the Haaretz newspaper wrote that the relatives of the kidnapped Israelis were informed of “significant progress” in negotiations with Hamas.

According to a Hamas official, the fighting should temporarily stop at 11:00 a.m. local time (10:00 a.m. CET), which should allow the release of at least some of the approximately 240 hostages held by Hamas and other radical Palestinian organizations in Gaza.

One of the Israeli officials quickly denied this and stated that there is no such agreement. However, according to The Guardian, the high-ranking representative of Hamas, Izzat ar-Rishk, denied the truth of this information on Monday. “There is nothing true about the media reports attributed to a Hamas source as far as the exchange that is supposed to start today,” he said. Another unnamed high-ranking Israeli source reacted similarly, saying that “no such thing exists yet.”

The fact that a truce may be approaching is indicated by the statements of politicians and media reports in the last days and hours. Relatives of the abductees were informed of considerable progress in the negotiations and that they may last several more days.

Israel’s ambassador to the US, Michael Herzog, made a similar statement on Sunday. Qatari Prime Minister Muhammad bin Abdar Rahman Sani, whose country is helping to mediate the negotiations, announced that the chance of reaching an agreement between Israel and Hamas has increased.

According to The Washington Post, the agreement should include a cessation of fighting for at least five days and the gradual release of at least 50 hostages.

Palestinian radical movements seized hostages in the surprise attack on Israel on October 7. In addition, he claimed 1,200 victims, mostly civilians. Israel’s massive retaliation claimed the lives of 13,000 people in Gaza, mostly civilians.

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