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Israel proposes two-month ceasefire in Gaza

Boom RadioNG | January 23, 2024

The Israeli government has proposed a two-month ceasefire in Gaza in return for the release of Israeli hostages, after refusing an offer by Hamas.

The proposal was given to Egyptian and Qatari mediators following the approval by the Israeli war cabinet ten days prior.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had earlier rejected of a Hamas’ proposal for a prisoner swap and putting end to Israel’s war on Gaza.

In his statement, he “I reject outright the terms of the surrender of the monsters of Hamas,” Netanyahu sad, arguing that such a deal would allow Hamas to remain “intact”.

The new Israeli proposal would see a two-month ceasefire with Hamas in exchange for a staged release of the 136 remaining Israeli hostages.

The first stage would include the release of women and men over 60 and those in critical medical condition.

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The second stage would include the release of female soldiers, men under 60 who are not soldiers, male soldiers, and the bodies of dead hostages.

Palestinian prisoners would also be released as part of the exchange, although  Israel will not agree to the release of all 6,000 prisoners, with negotiations over the number.

It is also unknown if any of the over 6,000 Palestinians that have been detained by the Israeli military since 7 October from the occupied West Bank will be included in the deal.

In addition, the military would withdraw from certain populated centres of Gaza as part of a redeployment, and allow Palestinians that were forced out of their homes back into northern Gaza.

 

 

Dolupo Balogun

Written by Boom RadioNG

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