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Hamas May Not Have Enough Living Hostages for Cease-Fire Deal

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Fears are rising over the fate of the remaining hostages held in Gaza after Hamas expressed uncertainty about bringing forth 40 Israeli civilian captives as part of a U.S.-backed cease-fire proposal, according to officials familiar with the negotiations. The 40 hostages, including women, children, elderly men, and those in fragile health, would be released under a U.S.-supported plan for a six-week cease-fire in the war in Gaza. In exchange, Israel would release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.