Islamic Jihad is ready to release two hostages, according to a statement from its spokesman.
As he said, two hostages will be released for health reasons.
It is about Hanna Kaster and Yagel Yakov, an old woman and a young boy.
The Jihad spokesman also said the organization disclaims any responsibility for the lives of hostages it is holding under the ongoing heavy Israeli bombardment of Gaza.
In Qatar the director of the CIA – The negotiations for the release of the hostages of Hamas
CIA Director William Burns will be in Qatar today as efforts continue to reach an Israel-Hamas agreement to release hostages held by the Islamic organization.
According to CBS News, there is hope that Burns can help restart those efforts that fizzled in late October.
Burns is one of several senior officials the Biden administration has sent abroad in an effort to prevent the conflict from expanding, support ongoing efforts to boost humanitarian aid to Gaza and secure the release of hostages held by Hamas.
The US estimates there are about 200 hostages and has focused on freeing about 50 civilians. Steve Gillen, the deputy special envoy for hostage issues, has been in Israel for weeks with other State Department officials working on the issue.
Israel publicly claims that Hamas is not serious about freeing the hostages, but US, Israeli and Qatari officials continue to work behind the scenes with a particular focus on hostages who hold dual citizenship.