Sun 03 Mar 2024 9:06 am - Jerusalem Time

American official: A truce agreement in the Gaza Strip is within reach

A senior US administration official said on Saturday that the framework of the agreement, which stipulates a six-week ceasefire in Gaza, has become effective with Israel’s approval and depends on Hamas’ approval to release the hostages.

“The hostages must be released,” the official told reporters in a conference call. He added, "The agreement is basically ready. But I do not want to make predictions one way or another."

On Saturday, American media reported to Egyptian security sources that the ceasefire talks in Gaza were scheduled to resume in Cairo on Sunday, but the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported that Israel will not send any delegation to the Egyptian capital until it obtains a complete list of the names of the Israeli hostages who are still alive.

According to the sources, the parties agreed on the duration of the truce in Gaza and the release of hostages and detainees, and that completing the deal still requires agreeing on the withdrawal of Israeli forces from northern Gaza and the return of its residents.

According to Israeli media sources, the most important issue being worked on is the number of hostages that will be released from Gaza, and thus the number of Palestinians that Israel will release in return.

US President Joe Biden said this week that he hopes to reach a ceasefire agreement by the month of Ramadan, which begins this year on March 10.

There has been no comment yet from Hamas or Israel, which are engaged in negotiations through mediators from Egypt, Qatar, and the United States.

International pressure has increased demanding a ceasefire in light of the killing of more than 30,000 Palestinians, most of them children and women, as a result of the brutal war that Israel has been waging for nearly five months against Palestinian citizens in the besieged Gaza Strip, while the United Nations warns that a quarter of the population is about to die. From famine.


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American official: A truce agreement in the Gaza Strip is within reach