US President Joe Biden informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that a three-day halt in fighting could help secure the release of some hostages, the Axios news website reported on Tuesday, citing two US and Israeli officials.

Axios reported, quoting the US official, that under a proposal being discussed between the United States, Israel and Qatar, Hamas will release hostages ranging in number from ten to 15 people and use the pause to verify the identities of all the hostages and provide a list of the names of the detainees it will release.

The White House said in a statement, Monday, that Biden and Netanyahu discussed the possibility of a tactical pause in fighting to provide opportunities for civilians to safely leave areas of ongoing conflict, to ensure that aid reaches civilians in need, and to enable the release of potential hostages.

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