Hamas leader says deal to release some hostages could come soon


This picture taken from southern Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip shows smoke billowing following an Israeli strike on the Palestinian territory on Tuesday amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement.

As fighting around a hospital in northern Gaza continues, the head of Hamas’ political wing says mediators in Qatar are “close to reaching” a deal with Israel for a pause in the fighting.

(Image credit: John MacDougall/AFP via Getty Images)

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