U.S. close to deal with Israel and Hamas to pause conflict, free some hostages

A five-day pause in fighting, monitored by aerial surveillance, could see dozens of women and children freed from captivity in Gaza, according to people familiar with the terms of an emerging agreement

By Karen DeYoung

Updated November 18, 2023 at 10:52 p.m. EST|Published November 18, 2023 at 8:29 p.m. EST (WashingtonPost.com)

Israel and Hamas are close to agreement on a U.S.-brokered deal that would free dozens of women and children held hostage in Gaza in exchange for a five-day pause in fighting, say people familiar with the emerging terms.

The release, which could begin within the next several days — barring last-minute hitches — could lead to the first sustained pause in conflict in Gaza.

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