Some details emerge in possible truce in Israel's war on Gaza

Ahram Online , Tuesday 21 Nov 2023

As indirect talks continue between Israel and Palestinian factions, various media reports pointed to some key elements in a possible truce deal.

Palestinians line up for food during the ongoing Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip in Rafah on Monday, November 13, 2023. AP


According to reports, the deal would involve a five-day ceasefire and no Israeli air activity over the Gaza Strip.

The deal would involve the release by Palestinian factions of 50 captives, including settlers and foreigners, in return for the release by Israel of 300 Palestinian women and children in Israeli jails.

The Palestinian factions would release 10 of its captives per day while the Israeli side would release 60 of its Palestinian prisoners per day.

The deal would also allow for the entry of 300 trucks carrying food, medical supplies, and fuel.

On Tuesday, two fuel trucks and 50 trucks carrying humanitarian aid entered Gaza via the Rafah border crossing, according to Al-Qahera News.

Also, nine ambulances to transport injured Palestinians out of Gaza entered the strip today. 

After 46 days of Israel's war on the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian death toll has climbed to over 13,300 including 5,600 children and 3,550 women.

The number of wounded Palestinians has climbed to over 32,000.

An Israeli blockade on food, water, and fuel on the strip has left 2.4 million Palestinians in Gaza on the verge of starvation.

Meanwhile,  Israeli airstrikes have destroyed more than 40 percent of all homes in the strip, leaving hundreds of thousands without shelter.

On Tuesday, Hamas’ Political Office announced that the movement delivered its response about a truce deal to the mediators in Egypt and Qatar amid media reports of a possible deal involving a ceasefire and the exchange of captives and detainees soon.

“We are approaching an agreement on a ceasefire,” said Hamas in a short statement on its official Telegram group Tuesday afternoon, adding that it was waiting for “the occupation’s response.” 

Egypt and Qatar have been working individually and collectively to reach such a deal over the past weeks, according to an official high-level Egyptian source who spoke to Al-Qahera News Channel on Tuesday.

Previous efforts by both countries secured the release of two Israeli captives by Hamas last month.

Axios Middle East reporter Barak Ravid said that two sources with direct knowledge of the issue told Axios that the truce deal may be announced as early as Tuesday.

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