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Erdoğan talks to Hamas for release of Israeli hostages: official

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has launched a negotiation process with Hamas for the release of Israeli hostages kidnapped by the Palestinian militants, an official source told Agence France-Presse on Wednesday.

“They are negotiating to secure the release of the hostages,” the source said, confirming a report by the private TV channel Habertürk.

Dozens of people have been taken hostage during Hamas’s surprise attack on Israel.

The Turkish president, who has offered to mediate to restore peace, has been stepping up talks with his Middle Eastern counterparts.

Late Wednesday he spoke with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

It quoted Erdoğan saying that on behalf of Turkey, “we are ready to do everything in our power,” including mediation and “fair arbitration” to end the conflict quickly.


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