Doha, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 21st Nov, 2023) Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said on Tuesday his militant movement was nearing a truce agreement with Israel, according to a statement posted on Telegram.
“We are close to reaching a deal on a truce,” Haniyeh said, according to the post.
Hamas fighters also killed around 1,200 people during their cross-border assault, most of them civilians.
Intense negotiations mediated by Qatar, where Hamas has a political office and where Haniyeh is based, have been under way.
On Monday, US President Joe Biden said he believed a deal to free the hostages was close.
“I believe so,” Biden said when asked whether a hostage deal was near.
Biden then crossed his fingers to signal he hoped for good luck.
Two sources familiar with the talks told AFP a tentative deal includes a five-day truce, comprised of a ceasefire on the ground and limits to Israeli air operations over southern Gaza.