Qatar reportedly mediating between Israel, Palestine groups on prisoner swap

Qatar is holding negotiations between Palestinian groups and Israel for a possible deal on prisoner swap, an informed Palestinian source told Anadolu Agency on Monday.

The source, which preferred his name not to be mentioned, the Palestinian groups ask for the release of all 36 female Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons.

He, however, added that there have been no talks, so far, about Israeli captives that may be released in return regarding their gender, or whether they are civilians or soldiers.

No exact figure has yet been announced on the number of Israeli captives in Gaza, whereas the Israeli officials estimate they are over 100.

The Gaza-based Resistance group, Hamas, launched Operation Al-Aqsa Flood against Israel early Saturday, firing a barrage of rockets.

It said the surprise attack was in response to the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied East Jerusalem and increased Israeli settler violence.

In retaliation, the Israeli army launched Operation Swords of Iron against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, killing more than 500 Palestinians and wounding at least 2,751 others.

At least 800 Israelis have been killed and over 2,300 others wounded in the fighting, according to the Israeli Health Ministry.

2 Israelis killed in Egypt

On the other hand, two Israelis and an Egyptian national were killed in firing by a policeman in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, according to local Egyptian media reports.

An Egyptian policeman has opened fire on tourists in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, killing at least two Israeli nationals and one Egyptian, according to local media reports.

Extra News television channel, which has close ties to Egyptian security agencies, quoted an unidentified security official as saying that another person was wounded in the attack on an Israeli tour group in Pompey’s Pillar site in Alexandria.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry identified the wounded as an Israeli who suffered moderate injuries. The ministry said in a statement that Israeli authorities were working with the Egyptian government to bring the Israelis home.

The suspected assailant was detained and the site of the attack was cordoned off, according to the Extra News.

A video circulating on social media showed at least three ambulances apparently taking the victims to hospitals.