Widening Mideast Crisis: Hamas Is Discussing Proposal for Pause in Fighting, Official Says
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The political chief of Hamas announced that the group has received a proposal to pause the fighting in Gaza. The proposal, which emerged from talks in Paris, includes a six-week cease-fire to allow for the release of hostages. Hamas is currently studying the proposal and has received an invitation to Cairo for further discussions.
The official, Ismail Haniyeh, said in a statement that Hamas was studying the proposal that had emerged from talks over the weekend in Paris.
The proposal, presented by representatives from the United States, Israel, Qatar, and Egypt, suggests a three-phase swap of prisoners. The first phase would involve the release of older hostages, women, and children during the initial six-week pause. However, the talks are still at an early stage, and many details would need to be worked out if Hamas agrees to move forward with the proposal.
In the proposed framework, Hamas would release older hostages, women and children, if any are still being held and are alive, during the initial six-week pause, said the officials.
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