Hamas says it handed over list of criteria for Palestinian prisoners: ‘Ball is in Israel’s court’

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

A senior Hamas official tells Arab World Press that “the ball is in Israel’s court” on the hostage talks, after Hamas presented the criteria for the Palestinian prisoners it wants to see released.

The official says Hamas did not give names of specific prisoners. At least 20 Palestinians serving life sentences will be included, he says.

The source adds that Hamas is not pushing for an immediate return of Gazans to the north of the Strip because of the risk of overcrowding, but wants there to be an orderly, staged return of over 500 families daily throughout the ceasefire period, with the participation of the Red Cross and UNRWA.

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