December 4, 2023 Israel-Hamas war

By Kathleen Magramo, Antoinette Radford, Aditi Sangal, Elise Hammond, Maureen Chowdhury and Chris Lau, CNN

Updated 1:51 a.m. ET, December 5, 2023
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7:33 p.m. ET, December 3, 2023

Israel says negotiations are over with Hamas and recalls negotiators from Qatar

From CNN's Tamar Michaelis in Tel Aviv and Simon Cullen in London

Israel recalled its team of negotiators from Qatar on Saturday after reaching a “dead end” in talks, according to a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office.

“The Hamas terror organization did not fulfill its part in the agreement, which included the return of all women and children held hostage, in accordance with a list sent to Hamas and approved by them,” the statement said.

The negotiators were from Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency. The statement said it was the head of the agency, David Barnea, who recalled the team.

Remember: An agreement between Israel and Hamas was reached with the help of foreign mediation and saw a seven-day pause in fighting, with the release of Israeli hostages in exchange for Palestinian prisoners. More aid was also able to flow into the enclave during the truce.

The pause began on November 24 and was renewed twice before ending on Friday morning.