Negotiations are currently in progress for the release of a dozen hostages, with half of them being American citizens. These talks are centered around a proposed exchange: the release of the hostages, including the six Americans, in return for a three-day humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. The aim of the ceasefire is to facilitate the release of the hostages by Hamas and to provide an extended period for Egypt to deliver humanitarian aid.
“The source cited disagreements regarding the timeframe and the northern region of the Gaza Strip, currently experiencing significant combat operations,” they explained.
“Qatar is anticipating a response from Israel,” they further commented.
Earlier on Wednesday, another source briefed on the negotiations disclosed that Qatar, in conjunction with the United States, was facilitating talks aimed at securing the release of “10-15 hostages in exchange for a one- to two-day ceasefire.”
After hearing about the most recent negotiations, the Hostages and Missing Persons Families Forum expressed their satisfaction with “the safe return of every hostage.”
Nevertheless, the group emphasized in their statement that “any steps towards a ceasefire must involve the release of all hostages from Gaza.”
On Sunday, during a conversation with journalists, Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani reaffirmed the Gulf state’s commitment to ongoing mediation efforts, despite the challenges arising from the actions of the Israeli authorities.
During discussions in Japan on Wednesday, the G7, a collective of economically advanced nations, issued a call for “humanitarian pauses and corridors” in the ongoing conflict but stopped short of explicitly advocating for a ceasefire.