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IDF officials have stated that the withdrawal of troops from Khan Yunis on Sunday was carried out to prepare the military for combat in other locations, including Rafah, the last Hamas stronghold in Gaza.

A military official said that "at the same time, we will carry out large-scale humanitarian operations to allow legitimacy for the continuation of the fighting."

"We will know how to deal with demands that will come from the political level and with the security prices that will be required to carry out the operation," the source added.

At the time, officials who helped mediate the negotiations between Israel and Hamas told the Wall Street Journal that significant gaps remain between Israel and Hamas on a possible ceasefire deal. The largest gaps center on the return of civilians to the northern Gaza Strip and the identity of the terrorists who will be released in exchange for the hostages held by Hamas.

One of the sources expressed pessimism about the reports of imminent progress in the talks. "One should be careful of the reports of progress in the talks. According to the report, Hamas informed the mediators that it needs time to consider the proposal. Israel, in its initial response to the American plan, expressed reservations about some of Hamas's demands, which demanded, among other things, the free movement of Palestinian citizens to northern Gaza."

According to him, in its initial response to the American proposal, Israel said that it rejects the unrestricted or conditional return of the Palestinians to the north. "Israel also wants to check the Palestinians moving from the south to the north of the Strip to prevent Hamas terrorists from returning alongside the civilians."

In a compromise proposal made by the head of the CIA, it was stated that 900 terrorists would be released - including 100 murderers, in exchange for 40 hostages as part of a six-week ceasefire.