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CIA Chief Offers Intel To Israel On Yahya Sinwar In Exchange For Halting Rafah Attack

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Tel Aviv: William Burns, the chief of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States, has offered intel on Hamas military head Yahya Sinwar in exchange of Israel halting its ground invasion of the Rafah region. Sinwar has been on Israel’s hit list ever since the war with Hamas broke out on October 7 after the group attacked southern Israel.

Sinwar is reportedly hiding in the tunnel network between Khan Younis and the Rafah region.

The area of Rafah is densely populated with around 1.3 million people residing, including a large number of women and children who sought refuge in the city after fleeing violence elsewhere in Gaza. Therefore, the United States and other countries have been trying to advise Israel against a full-scale ground invasion of the city.

A highly respected official in the US, William Burns is closely linked with several Middle Eastern leaders. According to sources in the Israeli Prime Minister’s office, Burns has proposed to the Israeli leadership that American intelligence will provide valuable inputs on the movement of Yahya Sinwar, reported IANS.

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Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has stated publicly that Yahya Sinwar would be secured at any cost.

According to sources, the CIA chief is also in direct talks with Mossad and Shin Bet chiefs, David Barnea and Ronen Bar respectively, regarding the offer.

Burns was also involved in the release of Israeli hostages by Hamas during the one-week ceasefire that took place in the last week of November 2023.

While the invasion of Rafah by Israeli Defence Forces has already begun, there is uncertainty over how the Israeli war cabinet will respond to the offer.

(With Inputs From IANS)

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