Palestinian Territories, Gaza Strip: Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas, stated on Tuesday that a cease-fire with Israel was approaching, igniting expectations that his extremist organization would soon be able to free the scores of hostages that were abducted during the October 7 attacks.
According to a statement sent by his office, Haniyeh stated, “We are close to reaching a deal on a truce.”
As the conflict in Gaza has raged for weeks, negotiators have been trying to come to an agreement to release a portion of the approximately 240 captives that Palestinian terrorists are holding.
Israeli citizens make up the bulk of the captives captured during Hamas’s vicious attack last month, some of whom are little toddlers and senior citizens.
Only a small number of those captured have either had their remains found or been let free by Israeli ground forces.
The exact locations of the other individuals remain unknown to the public; however, it is thought that they are in Gaza, where Israel initiated a ceaseless aerial bombardment and ground assault as payback for the most devastating assault in its history.
The majority of the 1,200 persons that Hamas killed on October 7th were civilians.