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Senior Hamas official says prisoner swap deal with Israel possible ‘within weeks’

Moussa Abu Marzouk tells Arab media that ‘fundamental development’ had taken place in talks with Israel

A senior member of Hamas on Friday said that progress has been made toward a prisoner swap deal with Israel after the Gaza-based terrorist group sent a proposal to Jerusalem earlier this week, The Times of Israel reports.

Hamas politburo member Moussa Abu Marzouk told London-based pan-Arab media outlet Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that a “fundamental development” had taken place in talks with Israel.

Abu Marzouk said that a deal is possible “within weeks” should Israel respond to Hamas’ demands.

Israeli civilians Avner Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed are currently being held by Hamas. The terrorist group is also holding the bodies of two Israeli soldiers killed during the 2014 Gaza war: Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin.

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