According to an anonymous senior Egyptian who spoke to The Associated Press, the leadership of the terror group Hamas has rejected Israel's proposal for a ceasefire in which Hamas would release Israeli hostages.

Earlier reports indicated that Israel was willing to guarantee a two-month ceasefire and the tactical withdrawal of IDF forces from specific areas in the Gaza Strip in exchange for the release of Israeli hostages who are not military personnel. Additionally, Israel was prepared to release a significant number of Palestinian prisoners held in its jails.

Sources in Cairo state that Hamas leadership insists on a complete ceasefire and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza. Only under these conditions is Hamas willing to discuss further "prisoner exchanges."

The article states that currently, Qatar and Egypt are attempting to propose a multiple-stage plan that is more acceptable to both Hamas and Israel, according to the article.