War in Gaza: Israel “intends to relaunch” hostage negotiations this week

War in Gaza: Israel “intends to relaunch” hostage negotiations this week
War in Gaza: Israel “intends to relaunch” hostage negotiations this week

A glimmer of hope for the families of detainees? An Israeli official told AFP on Saturday that Israel “intends” to relaunch negotiations this week to obtain the release of hostages held in the Gaza Strip since October 7.

“There is an intention to resume discussions this week” and “there is an agreement” on this point, this official told AFP on condition of anonymity, as the week in Israel begins on Sunday.

This official did not give further details on the agreement, but Israeli media report that the head of the Mossad (Israeli intelligence services), David Barnea, reached an agreement with the director of the CIA, Bill Burns, and Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdelrahmane Al-Thani during a meeting in Paris on a new framework for the negotiations.

A meeting in Paris with several leaders

In early May, indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, through Qatar, Egypt and the United States, did not result in a truce agreement associated with the release of hostages and of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron received the Prime Minister of Qatar and the Saudi, Egyptian and Jordanian foreign ministers.

The war in the Gaza Strip began on October 7 after the attack on Israeli soil by Hamas commandos infiltrated from Gaza, leading to the death of more than 1,170 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP count. based on official Israeli data.

That day, 252 people were also taken as hostages into the Palestinian territory. After a truce in November which notably allowed the release of around a hundred of them, 121 hostages are still being held in Gaza, 37 of whom have died, according to the army.

In response, the Israeli army launched a devastating offensive in the Palestinian territory, which left at least 35,903 dead, mainly civilians, according to the Ministry of Health of Hamas, a movement considered terrorist by Israel, the United States and the European Union in particular.

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