(JNS) At press time, Qatari mediators were working to negotiate an agreement in which Hamas would release 50 of the civilians it holds hostage in the Gaza Strip in exchange for a three-day ceasefire, an official briefed on the negotiations told Reuters on Wednesday, November 15.
The proposal, which has reportedly been coordinated with the U.S., would also see Jerusalem release some terrorists from jail and increase the flow of humanitarian aid into the Hamas-controlled enclave, the official said.
As of Wednesday, neither side was said to have agreed to the exact details of Qatar’s latest proposal.
While both Israel and Hamas have reportedly accepted Doha’s “general outline,” Israel’s Kan News public broadcaster on Wednesday cited an official as saying Jerusalem is seeking “a more significant deal.”
An agreement for the release of all approximately 240 hostages is currently not on the table, Reuters reported.
On Wednesday afternoon, the mother of one of the hostages held by Hamas urged the government to negotiate a comprehensive agreement to free all captives.