Hamas militants are seen during a military show in the Bani Suheila district
Jonathan Finer, the White House’s deputy national security adviser, also said negotiations had reached a “sensitive stage”, adding: “We’re following this minute by minute, hour by hour, and have been over a number of weeks.”
He continued: “Some of the issues, whether it was disagreements, have now been either narrowed or an understanding has been reached, but it is not complete, it is not everything.”
Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani echoed Washington’s optimism, claiming only “minor” details remained unsolved.
Negotiations, which have been taking place in Qatar, would allow more humanitarian assistance to reach Gaza.
Smoke plumes billow during Israeli air strikes in Gaza City
Hamas, which the UK proscribed as a terrorist organisation, abducted around 240 Israeli hostages and killed 1,200 people during its atrocious October 7 attack.
More than 11,000 people have been killed in Gaza following the IDF’s response, the Hamas-run Health Ministry has claimed.
Reports about a potential agreement come after Israeli military released CCTV seemingly showing Hamas terrorists bringing hostages to the hospital.
The IDF said a captive soldier had been executed and two foreign hostages were held at the site.
“These findings prove that the Hamas terrorist organisation used the Shifa hospital complex on the day of the massacre as terrorist infrastructure”, an IDF statement said.