The deputy head of Hamas, Saleh Al-Arouri, assured this Saturday that they will not release more Israeli hostages “until the war in Gaza ends.” “Let the war take its course. This decision is final. We will not make concessions on this“Arouri stated in an interview on the Qatari channel Al Jazeera.
“There will be no exchange of prisoners until the aggression stops and there is a comprehensive and definitive ceasefire,” said the number two of the Islamist movement. “The hostages Zionists will not be freed until all our prisoners are released and a ceasefire is established,” he added. Hamas has pointed out that they have freed the women and children, therefore, the hostages remaining in Gaza “They are soldiers and men who have worked for the occupation Army“.
Furthermore, this same Saturday Israel has assured that the negotiations are in a “Deadpoint“and have ordered the withdrawal of the Intelligence delegation that was sent to Qatar to negotiate, through the mediation of Qatari, Egyptian and American authorities, pacts and truces with the Islamist group Hamas. “Due to the stagnation in the negotiations, and following On the instructions of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mossad chief David Barnea ordered the negotiating team in Doha to return to Israel,” said a statement from the head of government’s office, issued on behalf of the intelligence agency.
“The terrorist organization Hamas did not fulfill its part of the agreementwhich included the release of all children and women, based on a list given to Hamas and approved” by that group, he added. Israel and Hamas on Friday morning broke a truce negotiated by Qatar, Egypt and the United States, which included the release of 105 hostages kidnapped by the Islamist group (81 Israelis and 24 foreigners) in exchange for 240 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, all women and minors.
This truce, which lasted from November 24 to 30, marked a pause in the fighting of the war that broke out on October 7 and allowed humanitarian aid to enter the devastated Gaza Strip. According to Israeli authorities, Hamas is still holding captives 132 hostages alive, including two children, the brothers Ariel and Kfir Bibas, aged 4 years and 10 months respectively, who were kidnapped along with their mother Shiri Silverman Bibas – of Argentine origin – and their father Yarden Bibas.
Israeli Army spokesman Daniel Hagari said last night that Hamas did not fulfill its commitment to free the mother and two children of the Biba family yes. But Hamas alleges that those three people were killed by Israeli bombings and that it offered to hand over their bodies, something Israel did not accept.
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