Israel pressures Qatar over Gaza hostages ahead of spy chiefs’ meeting

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Sun, 2024-01-28 01:28

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stepped up public pressure on Qatar to bring about the release of Gaza hostages on Saturday, saying the Gulf emirate should apply the leverage it has as a host and funder of the Hamas militants holding them.
The unusually blunt remarks came on the eve of what Reuters sources have described as a meeting among the Qatari prime minister and intelligence chiefs from Israel, the United States and Egypt to discuss a potential new deal to free hostages.

Israeli soldiers take aim during clashes in the centre of Hebron in the occupied West Bank on July 4, 2023. (AFP file photo)
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