Anticipated announcement: Truce between Israel and Hamas expected within hours

"The Palestinians insist on five days... they want to give people real breathing space," added Abdel Hamid Siyam.

by Sead Dedovic
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Anticipated announcement: Truce between Israel and Hamas expected within hours
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For weeks now, there's been hope for a truce between Israel and Palestine. However, each passing day brought more troubling news, instilling fear in everyone. The rising casualties in Palestine prompted urgent calls for help, but assistance didn't arrive.

Still, recent updates offer a hope that this long-standing conflict might finally reach an end.
Abdel Hamid Siyam, a professor at Rutgers University, says the expected ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel could be announced in "the next 12 hours" from Doha.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, he emphasized that there are still certain details that must be worked out in order to finally achieve peace in the Gaza Strip. Both sides want certain compromises. "I believe the last few points that need to be agreed upon are the length of the pause, the amount of humanitarian aid that needs to reach Gaza, especially fuel, ...

and the number of hostages released," -Siyam told Al Jazeera. Siyam says the break will likely last between 3-5 days. The people of Palestine can no longer suffer constant attacks and victims. Their priority is peace! "The Palestinians insist on five days...

they want to give people real breathing space," added Abdel Hamid Siyam.

Details of agreement

The BBC reports that Israel has yet to comment on the matter, but AFP has obtained the details of the agreement, which are: - A five-day truce that would include a cease-fire in ground fighting and limiting Israeli air operations over the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

- Palestinian extremist organizations would release 50 to 100 hostages, Israeli civilians or members of other nationalities, but not Israeli soldiers. - In return, 300 Palestinians, including women and children, would be released from Israeli prisons.

We hope that complete peace will prevail in the coming period. The chaotic situation in the Middle East causes enormous concern in the world. The countries of the world helplessly watch what is happening. The leaders of the European and World Organizations want peace, but it seems that the situation is quite complicated at the moment.

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