A senior Hamas official told NBC in a surprising move that the 199 Hamas hostages would be released within an hour if Israel stopped bombing Gaza and agreed to a ceasefire.
— War Monitor (@WarMonitors) October 17, 2023
Hamas’ officials claimed that the hostages would be freed within an hour if Israel met its conditions. He said that the hostages could not be released in a safe place now.
Hamas officials said that Israel must free all Palestinians in Israeli prisons as a condition for the release of Israeli soldiers being held hostage.
Hamas’ officials claimed that Israel and the U.S. already know its terms of release for civilian hostages because they revealed them to the leaders of various Arab countries in their conversations.
Israel does not appear to have verified the claim or even taken it into account as they continue to gather their forces along the Gaza border in what appears to be the prelude for a ground invasion.
IDF commander with the forces of 669 and Shal-Dag unit on the ground near Gaza border staging area. pic.twitter.com/EpTNXvmjSW
— Jack Ryan 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@jackryan212) October 14, 2023
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