Ismail Haniyeh

The leader of Hamas is currently in Cairo as momentum grows for new truce talks between Israel and Hamas


The leader of Hamas‘s political wing, Ismail Haniyeh, has arrived in Cairo for discussions regarding the Gaza war, raising hopes for a potential ceasefire agreement between the Palestinian group and Israel.

Haniyeh is set to meet with Cairo’s intelligence chief and other Egyptian officials, acting as crucial mediators. Israeli authorities, in talks with US and Qatari representatives, have signaled openness to a truce deal. Haniyeh aims to address the cessation of aggression in Gaza during these discussions.

The international community is urging both Israel and Hamas to reach an agreement to halt the bombardment in Gaza, which, after 10 weeks of devastating Israeli attacks, has resulted in significant casualties and displacement.

Previous talks during a truce from November 24 to December 1 allowed for aid delivery, the release of prisoners, and the return of captives. Ongoing indirect talks, mediated by Egypt and Qatar, seek another ceasefire and the release of more captives in exchange for Palestinians held by Israel.

Haniyeh’s visit follows indications from Israel’s government that it may be receptive to another truce. Pressure is mounting on Israel to secure the release of captives held by Hamas.

Talks in Cairo also include discussions about a potential agreement for the release of Palestinian prisoners. Despite positive signals, differences in interpretation persist, with Israel’s insistence on continued military operations and Hamas linking any deal to a permanent ceasefire.

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