According to reports, Israel, the United States, and Hamas are reportedly close to reaching an agreement to secure the release of dozens of women and children held hostage in Gaza. The deal would involve a five-day break in fighting. However, despite the White House denying the reports, it has affirmed that efforts to reach an agreement are ongoing.
In recent hours, Israeli bombings on Gaza have led to at least 15 Palestinian deaths. Meanwhile, the IDF is escalating its activities in Gaza and attacking civilian areas as well as schools that serve as refuges for displaced people.
The agreement on the release of hostages remains tentative as Hamas continues to hold 239 prisoners, and negotiations have not yet produced results. The establishment of a ceasefire is expected to allow humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the idea of a complete ceasefire and is facing increasing pressure from the international community.
US President Joe Biden has called for the Palestinian National Authority to govern Gaza and the West Bank at the end of the war. He has also ordered sanctions and visa bans to be prepared against extremist Israeli settlers in the West Bank. However, there are additional links in the source that are not related to the content provided.