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Senior Hamas official says progress made in prisoner swap talks with Israel

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A senior Hamas leader claimed on Friday that progress had been made toward a possible prisoner exchange deal with Israel, after the terror group sent a proposal to Jerusalem earlier this week.

Hamas politburo member Moussa Abu Marzouk told the London-based al-Araby al-Jadeed that a “fundamental development” had taken place in the prisoner exchange talks with Israel.

“This issue will be ready within weeks — if the occupation responds to the [Hamas] movement’s demands. The occupation is delaying, seeking to maneuver and buy time,” Abu Marzouk said.

The Prime Minister’s Office, which is managing talks on the Israeli side, did not respond to a request for comment.

Hamas currently holds two living Israeli civilians as prisoners in Gaza — Avner Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed. The terror group also possesses the bodies of two Israeli soldiers killed during the 2014 Gaza war: Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin.

Senior Hamas official Zaher Jabareen, who handles the prisoner exchange portfolio with Israel, announced earlier this week that the........

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