Hamas official claims it is working to ‘solve the problems’ over hostage release delay

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Hamas official Osama Hamdan (AP/Bilal Hussein)
Hamas official Osama Hamdan (AP/Bilal Hussein)

A senior Hamas official says there are ongoing efforts to “solve the problems” that led the Hamas terror group to announce a delay in the release of the hostages.

“There were violations yesterday and today it repeats itself,” Osama Hamdan claims in an interview with the pro-Hezbollah Al-Mayadeen network.

Hamdan is based in Lebanon though and it’s not clear how much clout he holds given that most of the terror group’s decisions since the outbreak of the war are believed made by its leaders in Gaza.

Qatar is still trying to solve the crisis and the Israel-Hamas truce deal hasn’t collapsed yet, despite the delay, the Walla news site reports, citing a source familiar with the matter.

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