In a significant development, Israel, the United States, and Hamas have reportedly come to a tentative agreement aimed at freeing dozens of women and children held hostage in Gaza. The Washington Post, citing sources familiar with the deal, revealed the details of the comprehensive, six-page agreement.
As per the terms, all involved parties would commit to freezing combat operations for a minimum of five days. During this period, an initial group of 50 or more hostages would be released in smaller groups every 24 hours, addressing a dire humanitarian situation stemming from Hamas’ Oct. 7 rampage inside Israel, which tragically claimed 1,200 lives.
The agreement outlines a carefully monitored ceasefire, with overhead surveillance to track ground movements, ensuring compliance with the temporary halt in hostilities. Beyond the immediate security concerns, the pause in fighting is also designed to facilitate the delivery of much-needed humanitarian aid to the affected areas.
While the report from the Washington Post provides a detailed insight into the potential breakthrough, there has been no immediate official comment from the White House or the Israeli prime minister’s office regarding the reported agreement.
According to sources familiar with the agreement, the process of releasing hostages is expected to commence within the next several days. This development marks a critical step toward addressing the urgent humanitarian crisis and fostering a temporary period of peace in the region.