| 4 March 2024, Monday |

US, Israeli intelligence chiefs discussing ‘next phase’ of Israel-Hamas truce in Doha

According to a source briefed on the visit on Tuesday, US and Israeli intelligence chiefs have arrived in Doha to talk about the “next phase” of a deal between Hamas and Israel in Gaza.

According to the source, Egyptian officials were also attending the meeting between the heads of Israel’s Mossad and the US Central Intelligence Agency and Qatar’s Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

The source, who asked to remain anonymous owing to the sensitive nature of the discussions, told AFP that “the director of the CIA and the director of the Israeli National Intelligence Agency are in Doha to meet with the Qatari prime minister.”

The discussions aim “to build on the progress of the extended humanitarian pause agreement and to initiate further discussions about the next phase of a potential deal,” the source added.

Qatar, with support from Egypt and the United States, has successfully negotiated a two-day extension to the truce in Gaza, originally set to last four days. During the initial pause, 50 civilian hostages (women and children) were freed in exchange for 150 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

The extension aims to work towards a sustainable truce between Israel and Hamas, with Qatar hopeful for further negotiations and an eventual end to the conflict.

The release of an additional 20 hostages is confirmed, and Qatar is optimistic about receiving more information on the remaining hostages within the next 48 hours.

Despite minimal breaches, Qatar asserts that the essence of the agreement remains unharmed. Parallel negotiations between Qatar, Hamas, and other nations have also led to the release of 17 Thais, one Filipino, and one Russian-Israeli dual national.

  • alarabiya