The release of dozens of women and children held hostage in Gaza is reportedly close to being secured through an agreement between Israel, the United States, and Hamas. While the White House has denied reports of such a deal, it has affirmed that efforts to reach an agreement are ongoing.
However, Israeli bombings on Gaza continue with at least 15 Palestinians killed in recent hours. The IDF is escalating its activities in Gaza, which has seen attacks on civilian areas as well as schools that serve as refuges for displaced people.
Negotiations remain tentative as Hamas still holds 239 prisoners, and a ceasefire is expected to allow humanitarian aid to enter Gaza. However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the idea of a complete ceasefire and has faced increasing pressure from the international community.
US President Joe Biden has called for the Palestinian National Authority to govern Gaza and the West Bank at the end of the war. He has also ordered sanctions and visa bans to be prepared against extremist Israeli settlers in the West Bank.