(VOICE OF NAIJA) –CNN is reporting that a deal to release hostages taken from Israel by Hamas in exchange for a pause in fighting in Gaza could be announced as soon as today.
Earlier, a Hamas leader said the group was “close to reaching a truce agreement.”
The deal would call for the release of 50 women and children hostages and a four-to-five day pause in fighting. Three Palestinian prisoners in Israel would be freed for every civilian hostage that is released, according to multiple sources.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak told CNN Israel built bunkers “decades ago” below Al-Shifa Hospital that were being used by Hamas. Ahead of a raid last week, Israel claimed Hamas had a command hub underneath the complex.
The World Health Organization said it was “appalled” after Israeli tank fire hit the Indonesian Hospital in northern Gaza, killing 12 people, according to the Hamas-controlled health ministry. Israel said it was responding to fire.
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