HAMAS: Communication Lost with Hostage-Holding Groups

Israel rejected HAMAS' proposal for a few days of ceasefire in exchange for releasing 50 hostages.

21/11/2023 - 11:33

HAMAS declared a loss of contact with the groups safeguarding the hostages, leaving the fate of those in captivity unknown. The reasons for this loss of contact are unspecified, as reported by the Egyptian channel Al Qahera, citing a statement from the Palestinian movement, relayed by Sarbaz.kz.

Israel had previously declined Hamas' offer for a brief ceasefire in exchange for releasing 50 hostages. Israel insists on a ceasefire only in exchange for the release of a "significant" number of hostages, not the "manipulative release" proposed by Hamas. The Palestinian group suggested releasing some hostages in exchange for a temporary ceasefire. A month ago, reports suggested the number of hostages could exceed 200.

Earlier, Sarbaz.kz reported that both sides had tentatively agreed to a ceasefire mediated by the United States. According to the agreement, a five-day cessation of hostilities would occur, and Hamas would release dozens of hostages. However, this information was refuted by the White House.

Meanwhile, patients from Gaza's largest hospital, Al-Shifa, vacated the premises after the Israeli army provided exactly one hour. Five medical staff remained at the hospital along with about 120 patients who had leg injuries or were immobile due to previous surgeries, alongside 30 premature babies. Coordination efforts with UN representatives and the International Red Cross Committee are underway to transport them, according to the Turkish agency "Anadolu."

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