Israel: The release of the abductees in Gaza won’t begin before Friday according to the original agreement and the negotiations are progressing


Head of the Israeli National Security Council, Tzachi Hanegbi, said that the release of prisoners held by Hamas in Gaza will not begin before Friday.

This came in a statement by Hanegbi, after there was talk about the start of a prisoner exchange deal between Israel and the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip on Thursday morning.

Hanegbi said, “Negotiations for the release of the abductees are progressing and continuing all the time,” and added, “The release of the abductees will begin according to the original agreement between the parties, but not before Friday”.

For its part, the Kan channel, affiliated with the official Israeli Broadcasting Corporation, quoted an official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office as saying, “No one said that there would be a release of the kidnapped people, Thursday except in the media”.

The Israeli official added, “It was also reported in the media that Israel obtained a list of the names of those released, but this didn’t actually happen”.

He continued, “So we have to make it clear that they aren’t scheduled to be released before Friday, because the families of the kidnapped are in a state of extreme uncertainty”.

Kan quoted an unnamed political official familiar with the details as saying, “It doesn’t seem at this stage that the difficulties will lead to an explosion in the talks, but rather to delaying the signing… Hamas hasn’t signed yet”.

He added, “The Qataris informed us at around 11:00 pm (Wednesday) that Hamas hadn’t signed the agreement yet”.

It wasn’t possible to obtain immediate comment from the Qatari authorities or Hamas regarding what was reported by the official Israeli channel.

Earlier on Wednesday evening, the broadcasting authority said that moves to release prisoners in the Gaza Strip will begin at ten in the morning local time every day.

Hamas has about 242 Israelis whom it captured last October 7, during an attack it carried out on the Gaza envelope settlements, while Israel detains in its prisons about 7,000 Palestinian prisoners, including 200 children, 78 women, and hundreds of sick and wounded people.

Since October 7, the Israeli army has been waging a devastating war on Gaza, leaving more than 14,532 Palestinians dead, including more than 6,000 children and 4,000 women, as well as more than 35,000 injured, more than 75% of whom are children and women.

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