Israel could allow seaport in Gaza in return for freeing soldiers held by Hamas – report

The Israeli 10 TV Channel reported Monday that Israel is considering a deal to allow the establishment of a seaport in return for release of the four Israeli soldiers held by Hamas.

In the Israeli channel unveiled that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed a deal with the Cypriot leadership to establish a seaport for the Gaza Strip and lift the blockade in exchange for freeing Israeli soldiers held by Hamas.

Israel has asked the United States to include the deal as a part of its efforts to resolve the humanitarian problem in the Gaza Strip, the channel added.

Israel has imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip since Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007.

The Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, said it held four Israeli soldiers; two of them were taken prisoners during the last war on the Gaza Strip in 2014.

Source: Kuwait News Agency