The armed wing of the Palestinian radical group Hamas said it had offered Qatari negotiators the release of up to 70 women and children it has held hostage in the Gaza Strip since its October 7 attack on Israel. In exchange, the group wants to achieve a five-day ceasefire in the fighting with the Israeli army. Reuters reported about it today.
“The cease-fire should include a complete cessation of fire and allowing the delivery of humanitarian aid everywhere in the Gaza Strip,” said Abu Ubaydah, a spokesman for Hamas’ armed wing, in a recording posted on the group’s Telegram channel. He accused Israel of “stalling and evading” the deal. According to earlier estimates, Hamas has abducted more than 200 people to the Gaza Strip.
In the meantime, footage began to circulate on social networks that allegedly shows Israeli soldiers in the seat of the parliament in the Gaza Strip, where Hamas was sitting until recently.
Picture circulating online shows troops of the IDF’s Golani Brigade inside Gaza’s parliament building in Gaza City, after capturing the site. pic.twitter.com/daxuEw0FEx
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According to Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant today, Hamas has lost control of Gaza City and the Israeli army is proceeding according to plan. “We work according to the tasks, we don’t have a stopwatch, we have goals and we will achieve them,” he said, according to The Times of Israel (ToI)
Israel launched a massive retaliatory bombardment of the Gaza Strip following the October 7 Hamas attack, which killed over 11,240 people, two-thirds of them women, children and minors, according to the Palestinian Authority.