The leader of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, and his delegation travelled to Cairo on Wednesday to meet with Egypt’s intelligence chief, Abbas Kamelabout for discussions that could lead to a new pause in fighting and a hostage exchange in Gaza.
Haniyeh has confirmed that Hamas would discuss the war with Egyptian officials, without providing more details. Hamas and other militants are still holding an estimated 129 captives, Associated Press reports.
According to ADNKR the Israelis are considering an extended ceasefire, perhaps of two weeks, to allow Hamas to gather the hostages and hand them over.
Allegedly Israel has presented a plan to the mediators which could secure the release of some 30 to 40 hostages. It prioritises the women, as well as elderly men or those in need of urgent medical care. They could be exchanged for Palestinians who have been convicted of more serious offences and are held in Israel, BBC reports.
The first seven-day pause in fighting was also mediated by Egypt and Qatar and it led to the release of 100 hostages captured by Hamas in exchange for 240 Palestinians held in Israeli jails.