In Egypt; Qatar, USA and Israel start meeting to evaluate ceasefire

Egyptian media announced that the 4-party meeting to discuss ceasefire in Gaza, which is under Israeli attacks, has begun in Cairo.

According to the Cairo al-Ikhbariyya channel, an Egyptian senior official stated that a quadripartite meeting started with the participation of Qatari, US and Israeli officials. It is noted that the release of Israeli hostages in Gaza in exchange for the release of Palestinians in Israeli prisons, and a ceasefire in the region were discussed at the meeting.

Israeli state television’s channel KAN reported that a delegation including Israeli Foreign Intelligence Service Mossad Director David Barnea, Internal Security Agency Director Ronen Bar and Nitzan Alon, who is responsible for the abducted and missing persons file in the Israeli army, went to Cairo to join negotiations. 

The news stated that the Israeli delegation would hold a meeting in Cairo with US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director William Bill Burns, Qatar Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdurrahman Al Thani and Egyptian Intelligence Director Abbas Kamil.

Hamas also announced on February 8 that the delegation led by the movement’s Deputy Chairman in Gaza, Khalil al-Hayye, went to Cairo to complete ceasefire talks with Israel.

Palestinian sources had reported that Hamas had accepted a plan that envisaged a three-stage prisoner exchange and ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, each lasting 45 days.

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