Israel to offer six-week Gaza truce for 40 hostages in Qatar talks, Israeli official says

People walk past placards with pictures of hostages kidnapped in the deadly October 7 attack on Israel by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas from Gaza, in Tel Aviv, Israel March 17, 2024.

JERUSALEM – Israel will give a high-level delegation headed by its Mossad chief to Qatar on Monday for mediated conversations with Hamas made to save a six-week Gaza truce under which the Palestinian militants would free 40 hostages, an Israeli official conveyed. This stage of the negotiations could take at least two weeks, the official estimated, recognising difficulties that Hamas’ foreign delegates may have in talking with the group in the besieged enclave after exceeding than five months of war.