Israel Hamas conflict: Netanyahu rejects fresh hostage deal amid ongoing Gaza crisis

Israel Hamas conflict: However, significant hurdles remain, including the absence of comprehensive lists of hostages and prisoners from both sides.

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Israel Hamas conflict: Amid ongoing ceasefire talks mediated by Qatar, Egypt, and the US in Paris, Hamas has rejected a new hostage exchange proposal from Israel. The proposed deal, which included a six-week truce and the release of 40 hostages in exchange for 400 Palestinian prisoners, faced criticism from Hamas for not addressing their core demands.

Israel Hamas conflict: Hamas terms proposal a 'Zionist Document'

According to Israel's Army Radio, Hamas leaders dismissed the proposal, labeling it a "Zionist document" and expressing dissatisfaction with its terms. Kan, a public broadcaster, reported that Qatari mediators attempted to bridge the gap between the two sides for a potential ceasefire in the war-torn Gaza Strip.

However, significant hurdles remain, including the absence of comprehensive lists of hostages and prisoners from both sides. According to Kan, Hamas has not provided a list of living hostages held in Gaza or the names of Palestinian prisoners they seek released, suggesting a lack of interest in the current deal.

Israel Hamas conflict: US Proposes prisoner release numbers, Qatar urges resolution

Meanwhile, Israel's Channel 12 revealed the reported US proposal for a key aspect of the potential deal: the number and category of Palestinian security prisoners to be released in exchange for the hostages. According to The Times of Israel, the US proposed releasing "some 400 Palestinian inmates" for the 40 Israeli hostages during the proposed six-week truce.

In a separate development, Qatar's Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani delivered a passionate address in Paris, urging for an immediate resolution to the ongoing conflict. Speaking in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron, he emphasized the urgency of the situation.

"We are in a race against time to bring the hostages back to their families and at the same time, we must work to put an end to the suffering of the Palestinian people," he said. "The world sees a genocide of the Palestinian people... Hunger, forced displacement, and savage bombardments are used as weapons. And the international community still hasn't managed to adopt a unified position to end the war in Gaza and provide the strict minimum of protection for children, women, and civilians."