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Hamas Receives Draft Gaza Truce Deal Proposal From Paris Talks

An article by Reuters revealed Hamas received a draft Gaza ceasefire proposal from Paris calling for a 40-day halt of military operations. Along with this,  the draft also proposed the gradual return of displaced civilians to the northern Strip and Palestinian prisoner release in exchange for Israeli detainees at a 10:1 ratio. It also allows humanitarian aid and equipment entry to Gaza during the temporary truce, but terms for any second phase require separate further negotiations.

As per the Reuters article, the main elements of the potential first 40-day stage include:

* Complete halt of military activities by both parties

* 8-hour daily break in aerial surveillance over Gaza

* Gradual return of displaced Gaza civilians, excluding fighting-age men, to the north

* Israel repositions forces away from dense areas in the Strip

* 400 Palestinian prisoners released in exchange for 40 Israeli detainees based on a 10:1 ratio

* Priority release for women, children under 19, sick and elderly detainees

* 500 humanitarian aid trucks allowed daily

* Provision of 200,000 tents and 60,000 caravans

* Rehabilitation of Gaza hospitals and bakeries with necessary equipment and fuel

* Entry of heavy machinery for rubble removal and aid cleared, provided Hamas pledges not to threaten Israel with the resources

* Terms of any second phase will require separate further talks

The deal would signify progress on ceasefire efforts. But Israeli approval may hinge on security assurances regarding equipment access and safeguards limiting Hamas’ military capacity during the temporary truce period.

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