In exchange for a three-day ceasefire, Qatari mediators are trying to convince Israel and Hamas to release fifty Gazan civilian hostages on Wednesday, an official familiar with the details of the negotiations told the Reuters news agency.
According to the deal negotiated with the United States, Israel would also release some Palestinian women and children from Israeli prisons and increase the amount of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, the source added.
If the agreement were to be reached, most of the Israeli hostages so far could be released from the captivity of the Palestinian militants.
As they write, Hamas broadly agrees with the provisions of the planned agreement, but Israel does not, so they continue to discuss the details, the official said.
Qatar, which sets ambitious foreign policy goals, has good relations with both Hamas and Israel. The Arab country has mediated between the two before.
Reuters reports that it is unclear how many Palestinian women and children Israel would release from its prisons as part of the pending deal.
As part of the deal, Hamas would have to hand over the full list of civilian hostages still alive in Gaza. There are currently no negotiations on the release of all the hostages, the source told the news agency.