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Truce deal set to free hostages in swap, raising hopes of halting worst Mideast violence in decades

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Middle East Truce

What is the main focus of the truce between Israel and Hamas?

The main focus of the truce is to halt the devastating war in Gaza and facilitate the release of hostages held by Hamas in exchange for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

Who mediated the truce between Israel and Hamas?

Qatar played a key role in mediating the truce, along with involvement from the United States and Egypt in stop-and-go talks to secure the release of hostages.

How many hostages are expected to be released, and in exchange for how many Palestinian prisoners?

Fifty hostages will be released in stages in exchange for 150 Palestinian prisoners, as stated by Hamas.

What are the initial terms of the truce?

Both sides will release women and children first, and humanitarian aid to Gaza will be increased. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also stated that Israel will resume the war after the truce to achieve its goals.

What has been the impact of the conflict on Gaza’s civilian population?

The conflict has caused vast destruction in northern Gaza, displaced over 1.7 million people, and resulted in severe shortages of food, medicine, and other essentials throughout the territory. Gaza has also experienced a territory-wide power blackout due to the cut-off of fuel imports.

How has the international community responded to the truce?

President Joe Biden welcomed the truce and expressed support for an “extended pause” to ensure the release of hostages and the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza. Qatar’s prime minister expressed hope that the truce would eventually lead to a permanent cease-fire and serious talks on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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