Hamas proposes ceasefire, offers hostage-prisoner exchange

Hamas has proposed a ceasefire in Gaza to mediators that includes an initial stage of releasing Israeli women, children, the elderly, and ill hostages in exchange for the release of 700 to 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, Reuters reported citing a proposal.

The exchange would encompass 100 Palestinian prisoners serving life sentences in Israeli jails, as well as the release of Israeli female recruits.

Following the initial swap of hostages and prisoners, Hamas said it would set a date for a permanent ceasefire, the document stated.

Hamas added that a deadline for Israeli withdrawal from Gaza would be determined after the first phase. The Palestinian Islamist militant group, which controls Gaza, noted that all detainees from both sides would be freed in a second stage of the plan.