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Qatar mediating between Israel, Palestine groups on prisoner swap, source tells Anadolu

October 9, 2023 at 2:12 pm

People walk as smoke rises near Israel-Gaza border in Gaza Strip, Gaza on 07 October 2023 [Abed Rahim Khatib – Anadolu Agency]

Qatar is holding negotiations between Palestinian groups and Israel for a possible deal on prisoner swap, an informed Palestinian source told Anadolu on Monday.

Qatar is mediating between Palestinian groups and Israel to reach a prisoner swap deal

said the source, which preferred his name not to be mentioned, Anadolu Agency reports.

The Palestinian groups ask for the release of all 36 female Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, the source added.

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He, however, added that there have been no talks, so far, about Israeli captives that may be released in return regarding their gender, or whether they are civilians or soldiers.

No exact figure has yet been announced on the number of Israeli captives in Gaza, whereas the Israeli officials estimate they are over 100.

The Gaza-based Resistance group, Hamas, launched Operation Al-Aqsa Flood against Israel early Saturday, firing a barrage of rockets. It said the surprise attack was in response to the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied East Jerusalem and increased Israeli settler violence.

In retaliation, the Israeli army launched Operation Swords of Iron against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, killing more than 500 Palestinians and wounding at least 2,751 others.

At least 800 Israelis have been killed and over 2,300 others wounded in the fighting, according to the Israeli Health Ministry.

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