Hamas said demanding ceasefire talks begin when fighting pauses for hostage deal

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Citing Egyptian officials, The Wall Street Journal reports that Hamas is willing to accept the release of 3,000 prisoners in a potential hostage deal. It had been demanding that all women and minors be released.

However, Hamas still wants the release of terrorists serving long sentences, according to the Egyptian officials.

The WSJ also reports that Hamas is demanding that discussion of a permanent ceasefire begin at the start of a six-week truce. If such talks move ahead, Hamas will continue to release hostages.

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