Hamas leader says militant group ‘close’ to truce agreement with Israel

Posted on AllSides November 21st, 2023
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Mohammed Saber/EPA

Ismail Haniyeh, the most senior political leader of Hamas, has said a truce agreement with Israel may be close, raising hopes of both a pause in the Israeli offensive in Gaza and the release of at least some of the Israeli hostages the militant organisation is holding there.

“We are close to reaching a deal on a truce,” Haniyeh said, and the group had delivered its response to Qatari mediators.

Senior US and Israeli officials, as well as the Qatari prime minister, have all suggested in recent days that an agreement is...

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