On Saturday, the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas announced the telephone conversation between the head of the political bureau of this movement, Ismail Haniyeh, and the head of the Egyptian Intelligence Service, Abbas Kamel, focusing on negotiations to reach a ceasefire agreement.

Iran Press/ West Asia: Hamas politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh on Saturday discussed with Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel the course of ongoing negotiations to achieve a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

During a phone call, Kamel also extended his condolences to Haniyeh for the killing of his older sister and other relatives in an Israeli airstrike a few days ago, according to a press statement issued by Hamas.

The call came after Israel's Hebrew public radio Kan reported that the U.S. administration presented a revised version of a prisoner exchange deal that includes a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

The new offer is based on the proposal approved by the then-Israeli war cabinet and presented by U.S. President Joe Biden last month, the radio said.

On Friday, a Hamas source said the movement received a new message from the United States regarding the prisoner exchange deal with Israel, noting that the message was passed through intermediaries to continue negotiations for a truce in Gaza.

The number of Palestinians killed in Israeli 9-month aggressions in the Gaza Strip since October 2023 has exceeded 37,800, the enclave’s Health Ministry said in a statement.

Qatari and Egyptian mediators, in addition to the United States, are seeking to reach a prisoner exchange deal and a second truce between Israel and Hamas, following the first truce that lasted a week until early December 2023. 219