US thinks hostage agreement in Gaza is "possible" and would benefit "tremendously"

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US believes agreement between Israel and Hamas to release hostages in exchange for a pause in hostilities is conceivable and would have "tremendous" advantages

US thinks hostage agreement in Gaza is "possible" and would benefit "tremendously"

After a fatal Israeli operation rescued two detainees, the United States said on Monday that the death of a six-year-old girl in Gaza is 'heartbreaking,' urges Israeli probe an agreement between Israel and Hamas to release hostages in exchange for a respite in hostilities remained conceivable and would have "tremendous" advantages.

Speaking to reporters, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller stated, "We do believe that a deal is possible and we're going to continue to pursue."

He expressed that the benefits of a pause and a deal for hostages are substantial, not only for the hostages set to be released but also for the humanitarian efforts in Gaza saying, "We think the benefits of a pause and a deal for hostages are tremendous, not just obviously for the hostages who would be released but also for the humanitarian effort in Gaza and for our ability to begin to pursue a real and lasting, sustainable resolution of this conflict," 

Source: AFP

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