Israel is Ready for New Humanitarian Truce in Exchange for Prisoner Exchange Deal – Herzog

Israeli President Isaac Herzog with US President Joe Biden. (Photo: Spokesperson unit of the President of Israel, via Wikimedia Commons)

Israel is ready for a second humanitarian pause in the Gaza Strip to secure the release of Israeli captives held by Hamas in Gaza, President Isaac Herzog said Tuesday.

“I can reiterate the fact that Israel is ready for another humanitarian pause and additional humanitarian aid in order to enable the release of hostages,” Anadolu news agency quoted Herzog as saying during a meeting with ambassadors of 80 countries.

“The responsibility lies fully with (Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya) Sinwar and the leadership of Hamas,” he added.

A previous week-long humanitarian pause last month saw the release of 84 Israelis and 24 foreigners by Hamas in exchange for 240 Palestinians detained in Israel, including 71 women and 169 children.

There was no comment from the Palestinian Resistance movement Hamas on the Israeli President’s statements.

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 19,667 Palestinians have been killed and 52,586 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7. Palestinian and international estimates say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.


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