US, Israel and Hamas reach tentative deal to end conflict and free dozens of hostages – WaPo

Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza as seen from southern Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas, on November 18, 2023. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko/File Photo Get license rights

Nov 18 (Reuters) – Israel, the United States and Hamas have reached a tentative deal to free dozens of women and children held hostage in Gaza in exchange for five days of fighting, the Washington Post reported on Saturday, citing people familiar with the matter. with contract.

As part of the detailed, six-page agreement, all sides will freeze hostilities for at least five days while “an initial 50 or so hostages are released in small groups every 24 hours,” the Post reported. Hamas took about 240 hostages inside Israel on October 7, killing 1,200 people.

The newspaper said overhead surveillance would monitor ground movement, helping police pause, which is intended to allow for a significant amount of humanitarian aid.

Neither the White House nor the Israeli prime minister’s office had immediate comment on the Post’s report.

The release of the hostages could begin within the next few days, according to people familiar with the deal.

Reporting by Akansha Khushi in Bangalore and Doina Chiaku in Washington; Editing by Chisu Nomiyama

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