6:18 am ET, February 7, 2024
Here's what Hamas' 3-phase plan looks like
From CNN's Abeer Salman, Ibrahim Tahman and Tim Lister
CNN has obtained a copy of Hamas' response to Israel's proposal in exchange for a ceasefire and humanitarian aid. Hostages in GazaThis was confirmed by Muhammad Nassal, a senior Hamas official.
Here's a breakdown of each phase:
First stage “This includes the release of Israeli hostages, including unlisted women and children (under 19) and the elderly and sick, in exchange for a certain number of Palestinian prisoners,” Hamas said.
It included “intensifying humanitarian assistance, relocating forces out of populated areas, allowing reconstruction of hospitals, homes and facilities in all parts of the Gaza Strip to begin, and allowing the United Nations and its agencies to provide humanitarian services and establish shelters for the population.”
The first phase includes “a temporary cessation of military operations and aerial reconnaissance and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from populated areas in the Gaza Strip, parallel to the separation line, to facilitate the exchange of prisoners.”
Phase II “A mutual cessation of hostilities and the completion of (indirect) talks on the requirements for a return to complete peace can be seen.”
This phase aims to release all male hostages (civilians and enlisted personnel) in Gaza “in exchange for a specified number of Palestinian prisoners, continuing the humanitarian operations of the first phase, the withdrawal of Israeli forces outside all borders. The destruction of homes, facilities and Extensive reconstruction of infrastructure.
Remember: Israel has repeatedly stated that it will not withdraw its forces from Gaza until it achieves a complete victory against Hamas and other militant groups.
Third stage It aims to “exchange the bodies and remains of the dead between both sides after their arrival and identification” while continuing humanitarian assistance and reconstruction.
Finally, Egypt, Qatar, Turkey, Russia and the UN. The guarantors did not include the United States.