International NewsNews

Hamas Leader Claims Progress in Truce Talks for Hostage Release

Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas’s politburo, announced on Tuesday that the militant group is nearing a truce agreement with Israel concerning the release of hostages captured during the October 7 assault. Haniyeh’s statement followed Hamas’s communication of its truce desire to mediators in Qatar.

Although Haniyeh didn’t provide specific details about the agreement, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) report that approximately 70 percent of Hamas’s top leadership has been killed in the ongoing ground offensive in Gaza. The key question remains whether Israel will agree to the proposed truce, which may involve the exchange of Palestinian prisoners.

The Israeli government faces pressure from the families of the 237 hostages, including Israelis and foreign nationals, with 40 of them being children. While Hamas has released four civilian hostages and one Israeli soldier was rescued by Israeli forces, the situation is complex, with three hostage bodies reportedly retrieved.