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US Middle East envoy in Doha to demand deal on Gaza hostages

The US envoy for the Middle East, Brett McGurk, is in Doha to discuss the possibility of reaching another humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip that would allow the release of Palestinian hostages. enclave. A spokesman for the National Security Council of the country of North America, John Kirby, reported this Wednesday.

Brett McGurk is in the region as we speak. In fact, he is now (Wednesday) in Doha, talking to our counterparts in Qatar about the possibilities of reaching another agreement on the hostages,” the official said in a press conference.

On Tuesday, Kirby said the US was holding “sober and serious” talks to facilitate another hostage deal between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement.

On October 7, Hamas launched a massive rocket attack on Israel from the Gaza Strip as its fighters crossed the border, attacking civilian neighborhoods and military bases.

As a result, more than 1,200 people died in Israel, and more than 240 people of different nationalities were kidnapped.

In retaliation, Israel launched a bombardment of Gaza, ordered a complete blockade of the Palestinian enclave, and launched a ground invasion there, with the stated aim of eliminating Hamas fighters and rescuing hostages.

More than 25,000 people have died in the Gaza Strip due to Israeli attacks, according to local authorities.

On November 24, Qatar mediated an agreement between Israel and Hamas on a temporary ceasefire and the exchange of some prisoners and hostages, as well as the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

The ceasefire was extended several times and ended on December 1.

It is estimated that more than 100 people remain held by Hamas in Gaza. (Sputnik)

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