US proposes hostage-to-prisoner ratio in Gaza truce talks


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Asked about the hostage-to-prisoner ratio, senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri referred Reuters to a proposal made by the group this month under which Israel would free between 700 and 1000 jailed Palestinians in return for female, minor, elderly and infirm captives. Israel called that “unrealistic”. Mr Abu Zuhri noted Israel’s refusal to agree to call off its offensive, withdraw forces and allow displaced Palestinians to return to homes in the northern Gaza Strip: scenes of some of the most intense fighting in the almost six-month-old conflict. António Guterres: “I want Palestinians in Gaza to know: You are not alone.”...