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Mossad chief expected to resume Gaza ceasefire talks 

Hamas laid out its terms for talks with mediators and the US this week, including a prisoner exchange and an Israeli military evacuation from Gaza.

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Mossad chief expected to resume Gaza ceasefire talks
David Barnea, the head of the Israeli Mossad attends an honour guard ceremony for Israel's incoming military chief Herzi Halevi at Israel's Defence Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel January 16, 2023. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo

DOHA, 16 March: David Barnia, head of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, will arrive in Doha on Sunday in connection with the ongoing negotiations for a ceasefire in Gaza and will also discuss Hamas’s proposal for peace talks.

The Mossad chief will talk with the Qatari prime minister and Egyptian officials about obstacles to negotiations, including prisoner exchanges and aid access, close sources to the talks told Reuters.

The Israeli cabinet said it would send a delegation to Doha on Friday but did not set a date, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would put the matter before the Security Committee.

Barnia was the main character in the one-week ceasefire held in November. The Mossad chief had set conditions for negotiations in a meeting with the Qatari prime minister in January, which Hamas immediately rejected.

Hamas laid out its terms for talks with mediators and the US this week, including a prisoner exchange and an Israeli military evacuation from Gaza.

The international community has been putting constant pressure on the human loss in Gaza, but no progress is being made.

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