Qatar announces Israel-Hamas deal for medicine and aid to enter Gaza

Shipment of aid for Palestinians and medicines for captives held by Hamas to leave Doha on Wednesday for Egypt and transport to Gaza.

Palestinians wait to receive food cooked by a charity kitchen amid shortages of food supplies in the Gaza Strip [Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters]Published On 16 Jan 202416 Jan 2024

Israel and Hamas have reached an agreement to allow medicines to be delivered to Israeli captives held in the Gaza Strip and for aid to be transported to residents in the besieged Palestinian territory, Qatar has announced.

The deal will see humanitarian aid delivered to civilians in “the most affected and vulnerable areas” in Gaza in exchange for the delivery of medication to Israeli captives held by Hamas, the group that governs Gaza, Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Ministry spokesperson Majed al-Ansari said medication and aid will leave Doha on Wednesday for the Egyptian city of El Arish in preparation for their delivery into the Gaza Strip.

He said the agreement was mediated by Qatar in cooperation with France.

Earlier on Tuesday, the White House said US Middle East envoy Brett McGurk was in Doha in recent days discussing a possible deal for the release of captives.

National security spokesperson John Kirby told reporters that McGurk was involved in “very serious and intensive discussions” with the Qataris about another deal.

“We are hopeful it will bear fruit and bear fruit soon,” he said.

Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies