Turkey: The truce agreement in Gaza is a positive development

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The Turkish Foreign Ministry described the temporary humanitarian truce agreement between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip as a “positive development.”

The ministry said in a statement published on Wednesday: “We consider the agreement between the two parties to declare a humanitarian truce for a period of 4 days in Gaza, where attacks by Israeli forces have continued for more than 6 weeks, as a positive development in terms of reducing bloodshed to some extent.”

It stressed that Turkey is awaiting “full” compliance with the agreement, which stipulates the release of some hostages and detainees and an increase in the volume of humanitarian aid allowed to enter Gaza.

It expressed her hope that the humanitarian truce would help “to completely end the clashes as soon as possible and begin a process towards establishing a just and lasting peace based on the two-state solution.”

It expressed Ankara’s appreciation for the efforts made by Qatar to reach this agreement.

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At dawn on Wednesday, the Qatari Foreign Ministry announced that a humanitarian truce agreement had been reached in the Gaza Strip between Israel and the Hamas movement, through joint mediation with Egypt and the United States, and the timing of its start will be announced within 24 hours.

The Qatari Ministry said that the agreement includes the exchange of 50 Israeli prisoners, including civilian women and children, in the Gaza Strip in the first stage in exchange for the release of a number of Palestinian women and children detained in Israeli prisons, provided that the number of those released will be increased in later stages of implementing the agreement.

On October 7, Hamas captured about 239 Israelis from Israeli settlements and military points around Gaza, including high-ranking soldiers, and wants to exchange them with more than 7,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.

Since the same day, the Israeli army has been waging a devastating war on Gaza, leaving more than 14,128 Palestinians dead, including more than 5,840 children and 3,920 women, in addition to more than 33,000 injured, 75 percent of whom are children and women, according to the government media office in Gaza. .