Israel-Hamas support deal will get medicines to hostages in Gaza | EUROtoday

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TEL AVIV — A plan mediated by Qatar and France to ship lifesaving treatment to Israeli hostages, in addition to much-needed support to civilians in Gaza, went into movement Wednesday in a uncommon diplomatic breakthrough.

Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesman Majed al-Ansari stated Tuesday the provides would go away Doha, the Qatari capital, on two air power planes sure for the Egyptian metropolis of Arish. At least one of many planes carrying the medicines landed in Egypt on Wednesday morning, and the deal to switch the provides was underway, based on an Israeli official who spoke on the situation of anonymity to debate the delicate problem.

The workplace of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on Tuesday night time that the settlement was reached with the participation of Mossad head David Barnea, who has been in Qatar to debate “the issue of supplying medicines to the Israeli hostages.” It stated that the medicines have been bought in France, based on a listing ready by Israel, and that Qatari representatives can be accountable for the supply to their “final destination.”

“Israel insists that all the medicines reach their destination,” the assertion stated, with out additional clarification.

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Senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouk, stated on X, previously Twitter, that the supply included 140 kinds of drugs that may be taken by the Red Cross to 4 hospitals within the Gaza Strip after which distributed onward, together with to hostages.

Among the circumstances set forth is the ban on Israeli inspection of the packages earlier than coming into Gaza, and that “for every box of medicine [for hostages]another thousand for our people.”

He stated that France had requested to hold out the supply, however that Hamas refused “due to our lack of confidence in the French government, its position in support of the Israeli occupation, and its hindering of our people’s aspirations for freedom and return.”

Philippe Lalliot, director of the French Foreign Ministry Crisis and Support Center, stated in a radio interview on Tuesday that France, on Saturday, had transferred the medicines to Qatar in diplomatic suitcases. He stated that they’d be dropped at 45 hostages, none of whom have been French nationals.

He added that French authorities have been initially approached by households of the hostages months in the past and got a lists of 85 hostages in want of treatment, together with a quantity who have been later launched throughout a short lived cease-fire in late November, or since died in captivity.

Lalliot stated that the mission, underneath the course of President Emmanuel Macron, didn’t contain direct contact between French officers and Hamas.

French media, citing the president’s workplace, stated the medicines could be delivered to Rafah and picked up by the Red Cross and finally delivered to the hostages. The packages include sufficient drugs for 3 months of remedy, and that French authorities hope to facilitate future deliveries, based on the experiences.

Israel has for months demanded that drugs be delivered to the greater than 100 hostages nonetheless in Hamas captivity. The hostages embody many who have been injured within the Oct. 7 assault and others with extreme medical circumstances.

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Hamas launched greater than 100 hostages in late November, although the best way that they carried out the switch has been sharply criticized by many Israelis after footage and testimonies indicated they have been subjected to bodily and verbal harassment by locals because the change befell.

The deal, which was first introduced by the prime minister’s workplace on Friday, can even embody the switch of medicines to essentially the most susceptible areas for civilians in Gaza, the place 15 hospitals are partially functioning and the well being system is rapidly collapsing because the combating continues to rage.

Brett McGurk, President Biden’s coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, was in Doha to debate a potential deal for the discharge of captives, U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby stated Tuesday. Six Americans are believed to be among the many hostages.

But it was France and Qatar, which has functioned as an middleman between the world and Hamas, who got here out publicly with the settlement.

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Qatar brokered the discharge of two American hostages in October and oversaw a pause in combating between Israel and Hamas in November that led to the discharge of greater than 100 hostages from Gaza in change for greater than 200 Palestinians serving sentences in Israeli prisons.

The newest deal, if efficiently applied, may present lifesaving remedy to hostages who’ve now been held in Gaza for greater than 100 days. It shouldn’t be clear how a lot support was supposed for civilians in Gaza, the place medical doctors are scrambling to are inclined to an ongoing stream of extreme instances and worldwide well being officers have stated that elements of the inhabitants are already present in a state of famine.

“Some people have not eaten in days,” Olga Cherevko of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs stated in a video from southern Gaza on Tuesday. “The extent of needs is enormous.”

Families of the hostages have been assembly with Israeli, Qatari and worldwide authorities with pleas that each one measures potential be taken to safe their family members’ launch amid a way of urgency over their destiny throughout the ongoing battle.

On Tuesday, Itay Svirsky and Yossi Sharabi, who had been kidnapped on Oct. 7 from Beeri kibbutz, have been declared lifeless by their kibbutz.

The information got here a day after Hamas launched a video purportedly exhibiting the our bodies of the 2 males, saying that they had been killed after Israeli airstrikes hit the buildings they have been being held in. Israeli navy spokesman Daniel Hagari rejected the declare as a “Hamas lie,” including that the constructing during which the 2 males have been stored was not thought of a goal and was not hit by the Israel Defense Forces.

Masih reported from Seoul, Timsit from London. Karen DeYoung and Sammy Westfall in Washington contributed to this report.