Killing of Hamas leader could affect "complicated" hostage negotiations, Qatari Prime Minister says

Killing of Hamas leader could affect "complicated" hostage negotiations, Qatari Prime Minister says
# 08 January 2024 07:43 (UTC +04:00)

The recent killing of a senior Hamas leader could affect ongoing negotiations to secure the release of hostages held by the militant group in Gaza, Qatar's Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said, APA reports citing CNN.

Israel carried out the strike last Tuesday in Beirut that killed senior Hamas leader Saleh Al-Arouri, a US official previously told CNN. Israel did not claim responsibility.

At a joint news conference in Doha Sunday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Al-Thani was asked whether Arouri's death could impact talks to free the more than 100 hostages believed to still be held in Gaza following the October 7 attacks.

"Of course, having one of the senior leaders of Hamas being killed is something that can affect such a complicated process," Al-Thani said.

Qatar has played a central role in mediating hostage negotiations. And despite the challenges, the negotiation process is continuing, Al-Thani said.

"We are not giving up; we are moving forward. We are continuing our discussions with the parties and trying to achieve as soon as possible an agreement that

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