ICRC ready to mediate on prisoner exchange
International Committee of the Red Cross Director-General Robert Mardini says that humanitarian aid is preventing the collapse of some basic services in Gaza at the current stage, but it is not a sustainable solution.
International Committee of the Red Cross Director-General Robert Mardini announced that the institution is ready to mediate between the Palestinians and "Israel" on prisoner exchange.
Mardini said that he told the two parties that the ICRC was ready to neutrally mediate between them in the event of negotiations on prisoner or human remains exchange, stressing that families have the right to know the fate of their loved ones and move on with their lives.
Mardini stressed that humanitarian aid is preventing the collapse of some basic services in the Gaza Strip for the meantime. However, it is not a sustainable solution.
Mardini also reviewed the result of his visit to the occupied territories, saying, "What people shared with me is a profound sense of fatigue, hopelessness, and inability to see a better future for the region's younger generations. The humanitarian aid that residents in Gaza need now cannot prevent a nearly inevitable return to nights filled with terror at some point in the near or distant future. That can only come with political solutions."
Mardini noted that "People in Gaza have been deeply affected by the latest escalation." He continued, "They are tired of the talk of "resilience." It's a word that simply covers the absence of options for people forced to repeatedly cope with what they are left with."
The leader of the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, said a few days ago that "the resistance has imposed itself on the enemy, and there will be a deal to release the prisoners."
The deputy head of Hamas in Gaza, Khalil al-Hayya, revealed Monday the details of the meeting that brought his movement’s leadership together with the representative of the Egyptian President and Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate, Abbas Kamel, in Gaza.
Al Hayya asserted that the prisoner exchange file is "an independent file from all files, and we do not accept linking it to any of them."