Gaza governor and Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar on Monday expressed the Palestinian Islamist group’s readiness to enter into “immediate negotiations” to agree to an exchange of prisoners with Israel.
“The prisoner exchange problem has seen some movement lately, but it has stalled because of what it did,” Sinwar said, according to The Times of Israel.
Sinwar refers to the recent Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip, in which 255 Palestinians, including 66 minors, and 12 Israelis were killed by rockets from the Gaza Strip.
Sinwar made these statements after meeting Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel, who stepped up his movements to promote Palestinian reconciliation and the maintenance of the ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militias.
The Israeli government has warned that there must be an agreement on the surrender of two Israeli citizens and the bodies of two soldiers in the hands of Hamas in order to maintain the long-term ceasefire and tolerate the rebuilding of Gaza.
They are Avraham Avera Mengistu and Hisham al Sayed who voluntarily entered the strip, as well as military men Oren Shaul and Hadar Goldin, who died in the strip during the Gaza War in 2014.