The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that a person is a child up to the age of eighteen, unless a legal provision makes him an adult earlier. Among those imprisoned in Israeli prisons referred to as children, there are mostly teenagers.
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The agreement to exchange hundreds of hostages taken by Hamas terrorists in Israel in an October 7 attack for Palestinian women and children held in Israeli prisons was preceded by hundreds of hours of complex and arduous negotiations, according to Qatar’s Al-Arabiya.
According to the website, Qatar played the main role in concluding the “humanitarian exchange”.
According to a source close to the Qatari mediators, as recently as 48 hours ago, the release of ten to fifteen hostages in exchange for one to two days of ceasefire in the Gaza Strip was also in play.
However, according to Al-Arabiya, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly rejected this, saying that a truce would only be possible when Hamas terrorists release all hostages.
Netanyahu: There will be no ceasefire without the release of the hostages
“There will be no ceasefire without the release of the hostages. Everything else is useless,” Netanyahu said, according to the website.
An offer to exchange 50 Israeli hostages for a five-day ceasefire in Gaza also failed.
According to The New York Times, the proposed armistice agreement primarily included the liberation of children, women, the elderly and the sick. Israel reportedly briefly delayed the entry of its troops into the Gaza Strip to give negotiators time to try to reach an agreement.
At the time, Hamas claimed it needed a five-day pause in Israeli bombing to collect the hostages.
But Israel insisted on a much shorter time frame, demanding that the terrorists in control of the Gaza Strip collect the said hostages within hours. He demanded an exact list of hostages to be released.
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But Hamas ultimately “assessed” Israel’s conditions as too demanding and the negotiations fell apart.
Through the mediation of Qatar, it has so far been possible to agree on the release of four hostages captured in Israel, the fifth hostage was freed by the Israeli army during the advance through the Gaza Strip.