The CIA and Mossad chiefs met with Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani in Doha to discuss extending the Israel-Hamas truce. The meeting aimed to build on the progress of the humanitarian pause agreement and to initiate further discussions about a potential deal. The outcome of the talks was unclear, and the CIA Director William Burns, who was in Doha for meetings on the Israel-Hamas conflict, did not elaborate on the discussions.
The truce, which was extended for two days, brought the first respite to Gaza in seven weeks, during which Israel bombed the territory heavily in response to a violent rampage by Hamas gunmen. Israel has sworn to annihilate Hamas, which rules Gaza, and health authorities in Gaza say that the bombardment has killed more than 15,000 people. Barnea and Burns were previously in Qatar to meet Sheikh Mohammed on November 9.
During the first four days of the truce, Hamas fighters released 50 Israeli women and children who had been taken hostage, and Israel released 150 security detainees in return. As part of the truce extension, Hamas has agreed to release an additional 10 Israeli women and children each day. However, there is no indication that Hamas is willing to release any captured Israeli men or military personnel.