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It’s all very well known that Hamas have taken many hostages from their attack in October. But are there any specific demands that they have stated will result in the hostages’ release? Or are they just being kept for nebulous “leverage”?

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Yes, Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar have offered to exchange the people it has imprisoned for all Palestinians Israel has imprisoned:

“We are ready to conduct an immediate prisoner exchange deal that includes the release of all Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails in exchange for all prisoners held by the Palestinian resistance,” Yahya Sinwar, Hamas’s leader in the Gaza Strip, said in a statement.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/10/28/prisoner-exchange-israeli-captive-families-demand-answers-from-netanyahu

According to recent unconfirmed news, Israel and Hamas has agreed on an exchange. Hamas will release 100 prisoners in exchange for all Palestinian women and children held by Israel:

More than a month after the Palestinian group launched the “Al Aqsa Flood Operation” operation, Hamas and Israel have reached an agreement on a prisoner swap arrangement while Israel persisted in its attacks on the beleaguered Gaza Strip.

Arab media quoted sources as saying that the two sides had agreed to exchange 100 detainees held by Hamas for the release of Palestinian women and children detained by Israel.

https://www.samaa.tv/208734239-hamas-israel-reach-prisoner-swap-agreement

According to Wikipedia there were 4,450 Palestinian security prisoners in Israeli prisons in 2022 of whom 160 were children and 32 women. In previous prisoner exchanges with Israel, Hamas has been able to free hundreds of Palestinian prisoners for every freed Israeli, so relatively fewer would be freed this time.

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    Israel denied the latter agenzianova.com/en/news/… "Meanwhile, there is still no agreement on the exchange of prisoners and the release of the Israeli hostages held by Hamas, reported the Israeli broadcaster "Kan", denying what was previously announced by the Saudi channel "Al Arabiya", which had spoken of an agreement to release 100 women and minors detained by Hamas." Nov 11, 2023 at 7:45

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