Progress made in hostage talks after U.S. presents new proposal, sources say (Axios)

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    Progress made in hostage talks after U.S. presents new proposal, sources say – By Barak Ravid (Axios) / Feb 24, 2024

    U.S., Qatari and Egyptian officials presented a new more detailed framework for a hostage deal to Israeli negotiators during a key meeting in Paris on Friday, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the issue.

    The big picture: The updated framework proposes that Hamas release roughly 40 hostages held in Gaza in exchange for a six-week ceasefire and the freeing of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, the sources said.

    • The previous proposal also included a six-week ceasefire, but wasn’t as detailed as the one presented on Friday.
    • Biden administration officials say they want to try and get a deal before the start of Ramadan — a little over two weeks from now.

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