Qatar has announced a truce-for-hostages agreement between Israel and Hamas, leading to a temporary ceasefire in a six-week war and the release of hostages in Gaza. The deal, approved by Israel’s Cabinet, involves releasing 50 hostages and 150 Palestinian prisoners, and increasing humanitarian aid to Gaza. Negotiations were led by Qatar, with the involvement of the United States and Egypt.
- Ceasefire Agreement: The truce-for-hostages deal involves a four-day halt in fighting, with the exchange of 50 hostages held in Gaza for 150 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.
- Humanitarian Aid Increase: Alongside the hostage exchange, there will be an increase in humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip.
- Negotiation Process: The deal followed weeks of Qatari-led indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas, with the involvement of the US and Egypt.
- Israeli Government’s Position: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that the war against Hamas will resume after the truce expires, emphasizing a continued effort to achieve their goals.
- Impact on Civilians: The conflict has resulted in significant civilian casualties and displacement, with extensive damage in northern Gaza and a humanitarian crisis.