Gaza hostage deal closer than ever, US official says

Palestinians walk during rainfall, after Israeli forces raided Jenin refugee camp in the Israeli-occupied West Bank November 19, 2023. REUTERS/Raneen Sawafta Acquire Licensing Rights WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – A deal to secure the release of some of the hostages held in Gaza by Hamas militants is closer than ever in the Islamist group’s war with Israel, a White House official said on Sunday.

White House deputy national security adviser Jon Finer said an agreement to free “considerably more than 12” hostages would also likely include an extended pause in the fighting and allow for the distribution of humanitarian assistance […]

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