Al Arabiya anticipates the contents of the agreement
“It has been reached an agreement today for a humanitarian exchange of prisoners between Hamas and Israel“. This was reported by Al Arabiya, citing its sources according to which the agreement consists “in the release of Palestinian prisoners and minors in Israeli prisons in exchange for 100 hostages, women and minors, held by Hamas”.
Negotiations have been going on for days, with the United States, Qatar and Egypt also at the forefront. It was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself who reiterated on Wednesday 8 November that there would be “no ceasefire without the release of our hostages”. On the other side, Hamas also held the line. “We reiterate that the only way” for the release of the hostages “is a global agreement for the total or partial exchange of prisoners” had made it known, again a few days ago, Abu Obeida, spokesperson for the al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas.
Hostage relatives thank Pope Francis
The relatives of the hostages held by Hamas thank the Pope in a video for what he is doing for their release. “Thank you for taking the time to try to help us free the 240 human beings who are buried alive under Gaza. They are of all different religions: Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist. And they are human beings. They are children of God ” says Rachel Goldberg-Polin, the mother of the young Israeli Hersh among those kidnapped by Hamas during the attack on the rave on October 7 in a film to the Vatican media. Rachel Goldberg-Polin, spokeswoman for the hostages’ relatives, says she “very much appreciates the Pope’s attempt” to bring them all home to their families. Since the day of the kidnapping, Bergoglio has been tirelessly making appeals to ask for the release of the Hamas hostages.