Hamas announced on Sunday that it is halting hostage negotiations due to Israel’s actions concerning the al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza, according to a Palestinian official briefed on the talks, as reported by Reuters.
The hospital has faced heavy shelling as Israeli forces approach, with Israel alleging that Hamas is using it as a command center without providing evidence. Hamas has denied these accusations.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested the possibility of a deal to free hostages in the Gaza Strip but refrained from providing details to avoid jeopardizing potential plans during an interview with NBC News show “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
When asked about the potential for such a deal, Netanyahu responded, “There could be.”