Hamas delegation to arrive in Egypt Monday for Gaza ceasefire talks: Reports

Ahram Online , Sunday 28 Apr 2024

A Hamas delegation is set to visit Egypt on Monday to discuss ongoing efforts to reach a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, reported Reuters and AFP on Sunday citing unnamed Hamas and Egyptian sources.

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A Palestinian woman carrying some belongings walks in a neighbourhood devastated by Israeli bombing in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo: AFP

 

The Palestinian delegation will discuss the new ceasefire proposal “offered by mediators as well as Israel’s response,” a Hamas source told Reuters.

"A Hamas delegation headed by Khalil Al-Hayya will arrive in Egypt tomorrow... and deliver the movement's response" to the Israeli proposal during a meeting with Egyptian officials, said a senior Hamas official who declined to be named to AFP.

Mediators have intensified efforts over the past few hours to seal a ceasefire deal between the Palestinian factions and Israel as Israel threatens to raid the Palestinian border city of Rafah.

On Friday, an Egyptian security delegation discussed during a meeting in Tel Aviv an Egyptian proposal involving a comprehensive framework for the long-awaited ceasefire in Gaza, according to Al-Qahera News.

The discussions witnessed “noticeable progress in bringing the views of the Egyptian and Israeli delegations closer together on a truce in the Gaza Strip,” Al-Qahera News quoted an Egyptian source. 

No official details on the new ceasefire proposal were released from Egypt, Qatar, or the US.

Per Israeli media reports, Egypt has proposed the release of 33 Israeli captives, including women, the elderly, and the ill, in return for a three-week ceasefire and the revival of the deadlocked talks.

Egypt, alongside Qatar, helped mediate a week-long ceasefire in late November when Hamas freed over 100 captives in exchange for 240 detained Palestinian women and children.

However, subsequent talks have failed to progress on a ceasefire or detainee swap deal.

Israel has killed at least more than 34,000 Palestinians and injured over 77,000, most of whom are children and women, during its six-month war on Gaza.

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