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A second source, a diplomat, said the US proposal is for Israel to release 900 Palestinian prisoners in the first phase of a deal.
Prior to this round of talks, CNN had reported that negotiators had discussed the release of around 700 Palestinian prisoners, including many with life sentences.
Qatari, Egyptian and Israeli officials, along with Burns, were in Cairo over the weekend for the negotiations.
So far, Israel has rejected the Hamas demands of an unrestricted return of Gazans to the north and the redeployment of IDF troops away from central Gaza.
Israel has insisted on inspections of Palestinians moving north, a diplomat familiar with the talks told CNN.
Everyone agreed to study the new US proposal, the first source said, and it will be communicated to Hamas leadership in Gaza which ultimately makes the decisions for the group.
Mediators have been trying for months to seal an agreement between Hamas and Israel for a ceasefire and the release of hostages.
Ansari said mediators are waiting for replies from Hamas and Israel over proposals from different parties, including the United States.

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According to a source familiar with the talks, CIA Director Bill Burns put forth a fresh plan to try to close the gaps in the ongoing negotiations to mediate a settlement that would result in a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and the release of the Israeli hostages held by the organization.

A three-phase ceasefire deal is expected to release 40 Israeli hostages during the first phase. The US has proposed that Israel release more Palestinian prisoners in exchange for these hostages, according to a proposal made over the weekend in Cairo.

According to a second source, a diplomat, the US is suggesting that Israel release 900 Palestinian prisoners as part of a first phase of negotiations. Around 700 Palestinian prisoners, many of whom were serving life sentences, were reportedly up for release, according to CNN prior to this round of negotiations.

Burns was in Cairo for the negotiations over the weekend, accompanied by representatives from Qatar, Egypt, and Israel. Egypt’s state media reported that Hamas also met with representatives of the intelligence agency in Cairo.

According to the source, the United States would also like to see unrestricted access for Palestinian residents of northern Gaza who have fled south to return home.

Israel has so far refused to comply with Hamas’ requests for the free and unhindered return of Gaza residents to the north and the relocation of IDF forces out of the central region of Gaza. According to a diplomat familiar with the negotiations, Israel has demanded that Palestinians moving north undergo inspections.

The ambassador stated that both sides are still “way off” on those two difficult issues. In the upcoming days, we do not expect to have these problems resolved. “.

Al Jazeera said earlier on Monday that the release of 900 Palestinian prisoners was a part of the most recent proposal presented to Israel and Hamas.

The initial source stated that all parties had decided to review the latest US proposal, which will be relayed to the Gaza-based Hamas leadership, which has the final say over group decisions. Obtaining a response from Hamas leaders, who are thought to be hidden in Gaza’s extensive network of underground tunnels, can be challenging and may take several days.

Speaking to CNN, a senior Hamas official stated that the organization will return to Cairo “as soon as the opportunity presents itself,” but he was unable to provide a specific date for that return.

The official went on to say that one of the main demands of the Palestinian group is the freedom of movement from the south to the north, which was not addressed in the most recent proposals made by Israel during the negotiations in Egypt.

“Even if it happens in phases, the withdrawal of [Israeli] troops and the full and unhindered return of the displaced to their homes are the three things that any agreement should unambiguously include,” the official told CNN. “The [Israeli] proposal does not address the questions that [Hamas] has raised in its original proposal.”.

In the past few weeks, Israeli negotiators have demonstrated a willingness to discuss the return of Palestinians to northern Gaza; however, they have insisted on a certain level of security supervision by Israeli forces along the so-called Netzarim corridor, which runs through the center of Gaza, as well as a daily cap on the number of people who can travel north.

For months, mediators have been attempting to reach a deal between Israel and Hamas regarding a ceasefire and the release of hostages. However, disagreements have plagued the protracted negotiation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on Monday that he had received updates on the negotiations, but he emphasized that he was still determined to send troops into Rafah. In a video posted to his Telegram account, Netanyahu said he had set a date for the operation. America has made clear that it opposes this action.

“I got a comprehensive report on the Cairo talks today. We are working nonstop to accomplish our objectives, which are, above all, the liberation of all our hostages and a total triumph over Hamas. To achieve this victory, the terrorist battalions in Rafah must be destroyed. There’s a date, it will happen,” stated Netanyahu.

An optimistic assessment of the status of the negotiations was made earlier by a Qatari representative.

Majed Al-Ansari, a spokesman for Qatar’s foreign ministry, told the BBC that while the talks are far from over, “if you ask me if I am more optimistic today than I was a couple of days ago, then I would say yes.”. Ansari said that regarding proposals from various parties, including the US, mediators are awaiting responses from Israel and Hamas.

“It bridges the gap in a way that hasn’t been done in the last couple of months, but I can’t go into the details of these proposals,” Ansari remarked.

With further reporting, this story has been updated.

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