Report: Qatari official says Hamas agrees to release 50 hostages in exchange for 3-day pause

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks at posters of the Gaza hostages on November 14, 2023. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks at posters of the Gaza hostages on November 14, 2023. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

A report in Reuters claims that a Qatari official says Hamas has agreed to a deal to release 50 hostages being held in Gaza in exchange for a three-day pause in fighting.

The Reuters report, citing an unnamed Qatari official, says that under such a deal Israel would also release some Palestinian women and minors currently jailed and boost humanitarian aid entering Gaza.

There was no immediate comment from Israel. Military and governmental officials have repeatedly dismissed rumors over pending hostage deals, saying that if there is something to report, they will update the public.

Reuters reports that Israel has yet to agree to the terms of the deal.

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