The Palestinian organization Hamas has proposed a three-phase, 135-day ceasefire agreement that would include the release of hostages kidnapped on October 7, as well as a complete withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza, according to a draft released at dawn.
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The three phases will be 45 days each, and in the first, the hostages “women and children (under 19, non-military), elderly and sick, will be released in exchange for a certain number of prisoners in Palestine,” details. the text via Telegram provided on Tuesday evening by Qatari and Egyptian mediators.
The office of the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, confirmed that it has received the response of Hamas to the truce framework proposal submitted by Qatar, the main mediator of the conflict, and is evaluating it, while the president of the United States, Joe Biden asserted that Hamas’s counteroffer was “a little exaggerated,” without giving details of its content. The Secretary of State of America, Antony Blinken, arrived in Israel and will analyze the possibility of a ceasefire with the Government of Netanyahu.
The three phases
In the first phase of the three proposals, Hamas demanded the withdrawal of the Israeli air force from the inhabited areas of the Gaza Strip, the entry of more humanitarian aid and the start of reconstruction. also in hospitals and homes, along with the construction of camps. temporarily. Instead, according to the text, “indirect talks” will be established with Israel to end the war and “return to full peace,” a requirement that Israel has so far consistently denied.
In the second phase, all the kidnapped men will be released in exchange for an undetermined number of Palestinian prisoners, as well as a complete withdrawal of the Israeli Army from the Palestinian enclave.
In the third phase, according to information, the lifeless bodies of the hostages, at least 27, and other prisoners who have died will be exchanged in the hands of Israel and Hamas.
This Tuesday evening, Hamas has already announced that it responded to the draft agreement “in a positive spirit,” but the details of the parameters under the negotiations have not yet been revealed.
Israel began its military offensive in Gaza just four months ago, after attacks by Hamas, in which 1,200 people died and the militants took 253 hostages. Gaza’s Health Ministry says the Israeli offensive has killed at least 27,585 Palestinians and thousands more are feared buried under the rubble.