The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) stated this Wednesday that Israel’s proposals are not enough for a new extension of the truce to allow the release of hostages held in the Gaza Strip in exchange for Palestinian prisoners.
“The efforts to extend the truce have not yet matured and what has been presented to us so far to extend it is not worthy of study,” said a senior Hamas official. Osama Hamdanin statements to the Lebanese television network Al Mayadeen.
Likewise, Hamdan recalled that if the Israeli Army carries out any aggression against the Palestinian enclave, the “resistance forces” are “ready” to act, since they do not rule out any scenario after the truce.
“A ceasefire is not enough for us,” has stressed, adding that until “the occupation forces” withdraw from the Palestinian enclave and cease hostilities, as well as their siege of the territory, “there will be no talk of an exchange” of hostages.
Israel and Hamas agreed last week on a temporary four-day truce that came into effect on Friday and was extended on Monday, although it ends this Wednesday, unless they can reach an agreement for another extension.
During the humanitarian truce they have been 60 Israeli hostages released, plus 19 Thais, a Russian and a Filipino, in exchange for the release of 180 Palestinians who were in Israeli prisons.
A few hours after the end of the last day of truce in the Gaza Strip, this Wednesday Hamas and Israel carried out the sixth prisoner exchange. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported that, according to information provided by the Red Cross, two Israeli hostages were transferred to them and are already in Israeli territory. “His release joins the list of hostages scheduled for release today,” the Israeli Army said.
The women were identified as Yelena Trupanob (50) and Irena Tati (73). Both were kidnapped on October 7 from their home in Kibbutz Nir Oz, along with Sasha (28) – Yelena’s son – and his girlfriend Sapir Cohen (29), who are still kidnapped in Gaza. That same day Yelena’s husband was murdered. Vitaly Trupanob.
The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, once again warned that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will resume the military offensive against the terrorists once the agreed truce ends. “There is no way we are not going to fight until the end,” he said.
In addition to the release of Palestinian prisoners and the extension of the ceasefire, Israel also agreed to an increase in the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. This Wednesday three other planes from Qatar landed at Al Arish airport with 108 tons of food and basic supplies.
(With information from EP)