The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahuhe assured this Friday to the relatives of the hostages in Gaza that is in permanent contact with the mediators to achieve his release, while the terrorist group Hamas conditioned any agreement on the end of the Israeli offensive about the Palestinian enclave.
“We are maintaining contacts at this very moment. I cannot detail the status. “We are working to return them all,” Netanyahu said in a meeting with the relatives of the more than one hundred captives in Gaza, on the 83rd day of war between Israel and the Palestinian terrorists.
For his part, the head of foreign relations of Hamas, Osama Hamdanreiterated that the Palestinian movement will not release the hostages until Israel stops its aggression on the Strip, which has caused at least 22,000 dead and more of 56,000 injuredaccording to your data.
“The leaders of the occupation (Israel) will not see their prisoners held by the resistance alive until a complete cessation of aggression,” Hamdan told the network. Al Jazeera.
The spokesperson for the Al Qasam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, expressed the same sentiment. Abu Obeidawho ruled out any exchange of Israeli hostages for Palestinian prisoners before the Israeli attack on Gaza ends.
“There are no exchange agreements that we can accept before Israeli aggression against our people completely ceases,” Abu Obeida said in a message released this Friday.
Palestinian terrorists captured some 240 hostages after its assault on Israel on October 7, which caused more than 1,200 deaths. Since then, the release of 110 captives – 86 Israelis and 24 foreigners – has been achieved, while the Army of the Jewish state has recovered the bodies of eleven others, including three killed by friendly fire.
Of the approximately 129 believed to still be kidnapped, about 22 are dead.
Meanwhile, hundreds of young Israelis marched to Jerusalem to demand that the Government do everything possible to free the hostages. There were also demonstrations in the Holy City calling for Netanyahu’s resignation over his handling of the crisis.
Furthermore, it is expected that a delegation from the Palestinian National Authority (ANP) will travel to Egypt in the next few hours to present one of the proposals to reach an agreement between the Palestinian factions that will end the war.
However, the ANP does not have effective control over Gaza, where Hamas seized power in 2007, and has not achieved full reconciliation with the Islamist group since then.
On the other hand, Egypt has not yet received any response to its three-pronged plan to resolve the conflict. Cairo would have proposed Hamas and Islamic Jihad a “Palestinian national dialogue” to end the factional divide and form a “technocratic government” in the West Bank and Gaza.
This government would be in charge of the reconstruction of Gaza, to which would be added the third and final objective, the definitive cessation of attacks on the enclave and the withdrawal of the Israeli Army. To this would also be added an initial two-week truce in exchange for the release of 40 Israeli hostages.
(With information from EFE)