Israel, Hamas close to signing ceasefire deal - CNN

  04 July 2024    Read: 637
Israel, Hamas close to signing ceasefire deal - CNN

Israel and Palestine’s radical movement Hamas appear to be close to signing an agreement on ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, CNN reported citing an Israeli source.

According to the report, Israel and Hamas "appear to be on the brink of a framework agreement for a ceasefire and hostage release deal."

Hamas’ latest response will enable the two parties to enter "detailed negotiations" to reach an agreement, an Israeli source was quoted as saying. However, the deal is yet to be finalized, CNN underscored.

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s Mossad intelligence service said in a joint statement on Wednesday they had received a response from Hamas regarding a hostage deal, and Israel’s response to it is now in the works.

On May 31, US President Joe Biden announced his three-phase ceasefire plan for resolving the Middle East conflict, with each phase lasting six weeks. The first phase calls for a complete ceasefire, the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza settlements, and the release of hostages held by Hamas in exchange for the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. In addition, the parties are to start negotiations during this phase, with the ceasefire remaining in place until they reach an agreement. The second phase calls for the release of all surviving hostages, including servicemen. The third stage will see the beginning of the reconstruction of the war-ravaged Gaza Strip and the transfer of the remains of dead Israelis to their families.

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