Qatar on Wednesday tried to negotiate an agreement between Israel and the radical Palestinian group Hamas, designated a terrorist group by the US and the EU. Reuters writes about this, citing a source familiar with the progress of the negotiations.
It is proposing a three-day ceasefire in exchange for the release of about 50 civilian hostages taken by Hamas militants during the October 7 attack on Israel.
The agreement also involves Israel releasing a number of Palestinian women and children from Israeli prisons and increasing the amount of humanitarian aid allowed into the Gaza Strip.
Hamas has agreed to the general provisions of the agreement, while Israel is still negotiating the details.
The deal would require Hamas to hand over a complete list of surviving civilian hostages held in the Gaza Strip.
On November 15, the Israeli military launched a targeted operation against Hamas at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza. Israel said the military found weapons and “terrorist infrastructure” inside the hospital complex. Hamas called the statement about the found weapons “a continuation of lies and cheap propaganda.”
According to Reuters, witnesses to the incident who were in the hospital during the IDF operation described the situation as calm. Gunfire was heard periodically, but there were no reports of casualties inside the hospital.
Israel has consistently maintained that Al-Shifa Hospital is the site of Hamas’ headquarters, a claim the United States said Tuesday has been confirmed by its own intelligence.
On Wednesday it also became known that the Israeli military demolished the parliament building in Gaza City. On November 13, the building was captured, and the military took a group photo with Israeli flags.
As a result of the Hamas attack on southern Israel on October 7, about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, were killed and about 240 people were taken hostage. After this attack, Israel declared a state of war, launching a major army operation in the Gaza Strip, during which, according to Hamas-affiliated structures, more than 11,200 people, also mostly civilians, were killed.