Qatar says Gaza truce starts Friday, 13 hostages to be initially released

A four-day truce agreed by Israel and Hamas is due to begin at 7 am today Friday. The beginning of the four-day truce on Friday will mark the first pause in fighting in nearly seven weeks of war. Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesman Majid al-Ansari said the first batch of 13 civilian hostages held in the […]

The Israeli ambassador to the US, Michael Herzog, says he is hopeful a deal for the release of a significant number of hostages will be reached “in the coming days”

Herzog told newsmen that “serious efforts” were being made, but that the fewer detailshe revealed, “the better the chances of such a deal”.Qatar, which has been mediating, also says a deal is within reach. Qatar’s Prime MinisterMohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said on Sunday that only “very minor” practicaland logistical obstacles remain, adding that “we are […]