Israeli, Hamas delegations in Doha to be separated by corridor in same hotel

Israel’s delegation to the hostage talks in Qatar will be in the same hotel as a Hamas delegation, Hebrew media reports say.

However, there will be no direct contact and the mediators will go back and forth between the two rooms, divided by a corridor, the reports say.

Talks started this evening with the Israeli delegation taking part in a meal with the Qatari hosts to break the fast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Israeli officials have said they expect the talks to take at least two weeks, and believe that the Hamas delegation will refer every decision back to Yahya Sinwar, who is believed to be in the tunnels in Gaza.

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