The radical Palestinian group Hamas, designated terrorist by the US and EU, announced the suspension of negotiations on the release of Israeli hostages in the Gaza Strip. The reason was said to be shelling of an area near the Al-Shifa hospital in the north of the region, Reuters reports, citing a Palestinian official.
Meanwhile, NBC News, citing sources in the White House, reports that Israel is trying to negotiate with Hamas for the release of 80 women and children in exchange for the release of Palestinian women and teenagers from Israeli prisons.
The NBC News source did not specify how many prisoners Israel should release. Washington has no confidence in any of the trade schemes.
The Israel Defense Forces previously confirmed a military operation in the area of the hospital on November 12. The Israeli side claims that Hamas is using the hospital as a cover for an underground command center. The group denies these accusations.
Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported that several hospital patients died due to lack of oxygen following a power outage. The IDF claimed that the eastern part of the hospital was open to traffic. The Israeli military announced its readiness to evacuate children from the Al-Shifa pediatric ward.
In addition, the Israeli army press service reported that it was preparing to transfer 300 liters of fuel to the hospital for emergency medical purposes, but this delivery was blocked by Hamas representatives.
Israel is conducting a military operation in the Gaza Strip in response to the Hamas attack on southern Israel on October 7. Then, according to updated data, 1,200 people died. About 240 were taken hostage and taken to the Gaza Strip. According to the latest data from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Ministry of Health, more than 11 thousand people were killed as a result of Israeli attacks, more than four and a half thousand of whom were children. There is no independent confirmation of these estimates.
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