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Israel, Hamas Reach 3-Month Deal To Get Medicine To Gazans, Hostages

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office confirmed the agreement.

Doha, Qatar:

After mediation between Doha and Paris, Qatar and Israel, a deal allowing medical supplies to be delivered to hostages in Gaza and aid to the region was announced on Tuesday.

In a statement to the state-run Qatar News Agency (QNA), Doha said: “Medicine along with other humanitarian supplies will be delivered to civilians in the Gaza Strip between Israel and (Hamas)… Delivering essential medical supplies to Gaza. Instead, the agreement was announced. Israeli prisoners of war in Gaza. ”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office confirmed the agreement, saying: “The medical supplies will be transported to their final destination by Qatari representatives in the Gaza Strip.”

The French president's office said 45 hostages were given the drug, with 83 initially identified as needing the drug in November, but 38 have since been released or killed.

After the medical supplies arrived at a hospital in Gaza's southern border town of Rafah on Wednesday, they were received by the International Committee of the Red Cross and will be immediately transferred to the hostages in several batches.

Philippe Lario, the center's director, said the shipment lasted three months and was coordinated by France's foreign ministry's crisis center, which bought the drugs and sent them to Doha in a diplomatic pouch on Saturday.

Qatar, home to Hamas's political office, brokered a week-long pause in war in Gaza in November that included the release of many Israeli and foreign hostages, and has led negotiations between Israel and Palestinian groups.

The conflict follows an unprecedented Hamas attack on October 7 that killed around 1,140 people, most of them civilians, in Israel, according to an AFP tally based on official Israeli statistics.

The agents withdrew about 250 hostages back to Gaza, and Israel says 132 of them remain in Gaza, and at least 27 of them are believed to have been killed.

Since October 7, Israeli artillery and ground attacks have killed at least 24,285 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, more than 70% of them women and children, according to the Gaza Strip Health Ministry.

Qatari Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Majid Al-Ansari told QNA: “The medical supplies and aid will leave Doha tomorrow and fly to our sister city, Al Arish in the Arab Republic of Egypt, aboard two Qatari military aircraft. , and prepare for transport to the Gaza Strip.” strip”.

Diplomats briefed on the talks told AFP the deal was reached following a visit by hostage families to Qatar and talks with Gulf prime ministers.

“Qatar is urgently coordinating with Hamas and Israel regarding the need to deliver medical supplies to hostages and Palestinian civilians in Gaza. Both sides have shown willingness,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the negotiations. the diplomat said.

The diplomat said mediators were working to finalize details and consulting with international organizations about logistics for delivery, but the talks were separate from broader efforts to reach a ceasefire. He emphasized.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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