High-ranking Egyptian sources revealed important and positive developments that suddenly occurred in the file of secret negotiations taking place in Cairo between Hamas and the Israeli side on the prisoner swap deal, according to media reports published on Friday.
The reports stressed that Cairo has accomplished many points related to the swap deal, and obtained official and clear guarantees from Hamas and Israel that comply with the broad outlines of the deal.
The reports anticipated the deal will be officially disclosed within a few weeks.
“There are understandings on many points, and Cairo has completed more than 70 percent of the deal,” the reports read.
Further details such as time, place, guarantees and other logistical matters are still on the table.
In this regard, the Hebrew Channel 12 announced earlier: “Israel is serious about concluding a prisoner swap deal with Hamas.”The two sides are still considering the offers that were placed on the table regarding the numbers, names and provisions of the Palestinian prisoners who will be included in the deal and the fate of the four Israeli soldiers that Hamas has.
The military correspondent of the channel said that Israel is very serious and has come a long way so far in this file, and according to him, everyone, including the Egyptians, is working hard to reach the completion of the deal.
However, he made it clear, “that prisoners convicted of killing Israelis will not be released.” He described it as “taboo”.
Hamas keeps four Israelis, including two soldiers who were captured during the war on Gaza in the summer of 2014 (without disclosing their fate or health status), and the other two who entered Gaza in unclear circumstances during the past years.
On the other hand, Israel holds about 4,600 Palestinian prisoners in its prisons, including 35 female prisoners, about 200 children, and 520 administrative detainees, according to the data of the Prisoners’ Club, at the end of last September.
In May, upon directives of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to support the Palestinian brothers in the Gaza Strip, Cairo offered the largest aid convoy to the Gaza Strip.
It included 130 trucks loaded with 2,500 tons of foodstuffs, medicines, baby milk, clothes, furniture, electrical appliances… and other various materials provided by the Long Live Egypt Fund,” said Presidency Spokesperson Bassam Rady.
Earlier, Sisi announced that Cairo will provide an amount of $500 million as an Egyptian initiative allocated for the reconstruction in the Gaza Strip following the recent events.
A tripartite summit on developments in the Palestinian territories was held in May at the Elysee Palace in Paris with the participation of French President Emmanuel Macron and King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.