Will the hostages held by Hamas be released soon? “We are getting closer to concluding a ceasefire agreement,” Hamas leader Ismaïl Haniyeh said in a brief message on Tuesday, November 21. “We have never been so close, we are confident. But there is still a lot to do. Nothing will be done until everything is done,” said White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby. To a journalist who asked him the following question: “Is an agreement to release the hostages close?” American President Joe Biden replied in Washington: “I think so.” Follow the situation in our live stream.
Intensive negotiations to release the hostages. Qatar, Egypt and the United States are working on an agreement to try to release hostages kidnapped by Hamas in Israel, particularly in exchange for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
The Red Cross is not taking part in the negotiations, but is ensuring the well-being of the hostages. International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President Mirjana Spoljaric met with Qatari leaders as well as the leader of the Gulf emirate-based Hamas on Monday evening to “move forward on humanitarian issues related to the Red Cross.” armed conflict in Israel and Gaza. Although the ICRC assured that it would not take part in these talks, it insisted that its “teams will be authorized to visit the hostages to ensure their well-being and to administer medication, and to enable the hostages to communicate with them. “their families,” says a press release.
Israeli Prime Minister meets families of hostages. “Rescuing our hostages is a sacred and supreme task to which I feel committed,” Benjamin Netanyahu said on the social network X after this meeting, without lifting the veil on the talks. “We will not stop the fighting until we bring our hostages home, destroy Hamas and ensure there are no further threats from Gaza,” he added.
Vladimir Putin at a virtual summit of emerging countries on war. The Russian president must attend a virtual summit of the Brics states (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) dedicated to the “Israeli-Palestinian conflict” in the midst of the Gaza war, the Kremlin said. The Russian presidency has not announced details of the agenda for this online meeting of the leaders of this bloc of emerging economies seeking a less American-centric global balance.