Hamas Halts Hostage Handover

Hamas Halts Hostage Handover

Hamas Raises Concerns

The armed wing of Hamas announced on Saturday that it would postpone the handover of a second group of hostages as part of a truce deal. They stated that this decision was made because Israel had not fulfilled the terms of the agreement.

Issues at Stake

The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, expressed concerns regarding the entry of humanitarian aid into the northern Gaza Strip and the criteria for selecting prisoners to be released.

Hostage Handover Delayed

Originally, the group of hostages captured during Hamas attacks on southern Israel on October 7 were supposed to be handed over on the second day of a four-day truce agreement. This agreement involved the release of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a ratio of three to one.

Initially, a Hamas source informed AFP (Agence France-Presse) that the handover of 14 hostages to the Red Cross had begun. However, later on, they stated that the transfer process had been halted. On the other hand, an Israeli official claimed that the hostages had not yet been handed over to the Red Cross.

Israel Denies Violating the Agreement

An Israeli source responded to the situation by stating that Israel had not violated the terms of the agreement, contradicting Hamas’ claims.

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