Hamas claims female prisoner swap being discussed with Qatari mediation

Gianluca Pacchiani is the Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

Negotiations are ongoing under Qatari mediation for a prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas, according to a source in the terror group quoted by the Chinese state news agency Xinhua.

“With US support, Qatar is seeking to accomplish an urgent agreement that would lead to the release of Israeli women captured by Hamas in exchange for Palestinian female prisoners in Israeli prisons,” the anonymous source told Xinhua yesterday.

There is no Israeli comment on the report.

There are currently 36 Palestinian women detained in Israeli prisons whose liberation Hamas is seeking, the Chinese outlet reports.

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