Israel advises Hamas that any long-term ceasefire must include a prisoner swap

Israel has informed the Islamist movement Hamas through Egyptian mediators that a long-term ceasefire agreement should include the opening of a prisoner exchange negotiation between the two sides.

According to sources in the newspaper “Al Arabi al Jadid”, Hamas was reluctant to link negotiations to end hostilities with the transfer of prisoners to Israel and warned against allowing any kind of “extortion”.

It must be remembered that two Israeli civilians and the remains of two Israeli Defense Forces soldiers are currently being held in Gaza.

Israel advises Hamas that any long-term ceasefire must include a prisoner swap
Israel advises Hamas that any long-term ceasefire must include a prisoner swap

It is 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.

In the meantime, Egypt is continuing its mediation visits to cement cessation of hostilities that ended 11 days of cross-attacks between Israel and Palestinian militias.

Despite the ceasefire, the situation remains tense. More than 250 people, including 60 other children and nearly 2,000 wounded, died in the Israeli attacks these days in the Palestinian enclave. Rockets fired from Gaza killed 13 people, including two minors, and injured more than 700 in Israel.

According to the Walla news portal, the head of the Egyptian secret service, Abbas Kamel, will arrive in Israel on Sunday to speak to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and national security advisor Meir Ben Shabbat.

According to the report cited by the Times of Israel, Kamel will visit the West Bank capital, Ramallah, to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas before traveling to Gaza to discuss stabilization talks Stops continue the fire.

On the Israeli side, the country’s foreign minister, Gabi Ashkenazi, will fly to Cairo on Sunday to speak to his Egyptian counterpart, Samé Shukri.

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