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President Biden welcomes hostage deal in Gaza

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Washington, 22 November 2023 (TDI): The Biden administration welcomed the hostage deal brokered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar between Israel and Hamas.

The war in the Gaza Strip is still going on and thousands of innocent Palestinians have been killed since October 7, 2023.

In this sense, October 7, a day recorded heinous and barbaric attacks initiated by Hamas in Israeli territory. After a month, Qatar has adopted a peace process in terms of humanitarian pause for a while between Hamas and Israel.

Israel’s government and Hamas have agreed to a four-day ceasefire, allowing for the release of 50 hostages held in Gaza in exchange for 150 Palestinians imprisoned in Israel. Additionally, the pause aims to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid into the besieged enclave.

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Reuters reported that the deal may bring hostages home in a peaceful manner, Biden said. In a statement, he affirmed, “This agreement today is expected to secure the return of more American hostages, and my commitment remains unwavering until all are safely released.”

Additionally, Biden thanked Qatar and Egypt for playing an important role in the release of hostages who were stuck at the Rafah crossing and the Gaza Strip. However, the Qatar Foreign Ministry confirmed the deal through social media. They briefed that the start of a pause would start within 24 hours.

As per Doha, this agreement is set to continue for four days and is subject to possible extension. The Qatari ministry mentioned that the humanitarian break will also facilitate the arrival of more humanitarian convoys and relief aid, including fuel allocated for humanitarian purposes.

This deal has seemed to be done between Hamas and Israel. In this regard, both sides will have to release hostages under certain conditions. In addition, Hamas said Israel will release 150 Palestinian women and children held in Israeli jail.

As Biden administration elucidated the situation going on in the Gaza Strip. He further added that he is in touch with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar and President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt “as we work to ensure this deal is carried through in its entirety.”

Shayan Hassan
Shayan Hassan
A dedicated writer and avid observer of the evolving world of international relations. My passion for geopolitics was ignited during my academic journey, where I excelled in competitive exams, and it has since become the cornerstone of my writing career. I am driven by an insatiable curiosity about the complex interplay of global forces that shape our world.

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