ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 140

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Report: Truce fell apart after Hamas proposed new talks to release male hostages instead of freeing remaining female abductees

Photographs of over one thousand persons killed, missing or abducted in the Hamas attack on Israel on Oct. 7 are displayed on empty seats in an exhibit held under the motto "UNITED AGAINST TERRORISM" in the Smolarz Auditorium at Tel Aviv University on Oct. 22, 2023, in Tel Aviv. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg, File)
Photographs of over one thousand persons killed, missing or abducted in the Hamas attack on Israel on Oct. 7 are displayed on empty seats in an exhibit held under the motto "UNITED AGAINST TERRORISM" in the Smolarz Auditorium at Tel Aviv University on Oct. 22, 2023, in Tel Aviv. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg, File)

The truce reportedly collapsed this morning after Hamas refused to release ten female hostages and instead sought to free abductees from other categories.

This violated the terms of the agreement, which specified that Hamas would first release all women and children being held in Gaza in exchange for Israel agreeing to a truce for as long as nine days, the Walla news site reports, citing three Israeli officials.

Hamas failed to send any list of hostages in the final hours of the truce, instead sending a message through Qatari and Egyptian mediators that it was prepared to release male hostages.

Israel responded by saying that it knows Hamas is still holding roughly 17 more women and children and that it would not hold talks on other categories of hostages until they are released.

Mossad chief David Barnea warned Hamas through mediators overnight that the IDF would resume its fighting if another group of women and children weren’t released.

Hamas responded by firing a rocket at Israel roughly one hour before the truce was slated to expire at 7 a.m.

Senior Hamas official Osama Hamdan told Al Arabiya that Israel was responsible for the truce collapse, claiming that Jerusalem sought to include female soldiers in the list of hostages it wanted released and refused all other Hamas proposals.

Two Israeli officials told the Walla news site that Hamas recognizes the importance of the remaining female hostages and therefore is trying to hold onto them for longer in order to extract more for their release.

Another Israeli official tells Walla that Hamas doesn’t want to release the remaining female hostages because it doesn’t want them speaking publicly about what they endured on October 7 and during their time in captivity.

The Israeli officials tell Walla that the talks to restart the truce will still take place, albeit under fire.

The officials said that Israel plans to exert significant military pressure on Hamas, which it believes will coax the terror group into releasing more hostages as they say was the case before the truce.

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