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Israel Eyes Hostage Talks

The head of Israel's Mossad spy agency reportedly met with Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani over the weekend, looking to renew a cease-fire deal that would see hostages held by Hamas in Gaza released. The talks came a day after the Israeli military killed three hostages after misidentifying them as Hamas militants. 

A previous cease-fire in late November—also mediated by Qatar—lasted seven days and saw 50 Israeli hostages and roughly 150 Palestinian prisoners released. Qatar has become a broker for talks due to its unique position as both a close US ally and a financial backer of Hamas. Around 115 remaining hostages are believed to be held by Hamas.

In related news, Israel revealed the presence of the largest tunnel found in Gaza to date. Reportedly wide enough to drive a car through, the passageway is said to surface near an Israeli military installation.

Separately, Israel allowed aid trucks to begin entering southern Gaza over the weekend while continuing its advance through the city of Khan Younis. See updates on the war here (w/maps).

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