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Hamas involved in negotiations to release Palestine, Arab prisoners

October 23, 2021 at 11:56 am

Gazans gather in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross building to stage a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in Gaza City, Gaza on October 20, 2021 [Mustafa Hassona / Anadolu Agency]

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas is engaged in a multifield negotiation to release Palestinian and Arab prisoners from Israeli occupation prisons, a top Hamas leader has disclosed.

In response to a call by a Jordanian MP, Head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh shared in a statement: “We are involved in a multifield battle to release Palestinian, Arab and Jordanian prisoners from the Israeli occupation prisons.”

Haniyeh added: “The agenda of the conflict with the enemy is open to achieve this goal sooner or later. We will not hesitate to bear the responsibility for this issue.”

Haniyeh pointed out that the negotiations team for the prisoner swap consists of “the best members” of his movement who “know how to reach an honourable deal.”

On Wednesday, Jordanian MP Khalil Atiyyeh called for Hamas leaders to include Jordanian prisoners in the potential prisoner swap with Israel.

Meanwhile, Rai Al-Youm reported sources stating that the parties negotiating a deal had achieved a breakthrough, noting that “good news will be delivered very soon.”

This was confirmed by a source from Hamas on Saturday morning to MEMO. “A breakthrough was reached relating to a prisoner swap, and prisoners will be released soon,” the source informed MEMO.