Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Nov. 19

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GAZA -- A Palestinian source said on Sunday that Qatar presented Israel with "two suggestions" on the hostage deal with Hamas.

The source, who requires anonymity, told Xinhua that the first suggestion is for Hamas to release 53 children and women in exchange for a three-day ceasefire and the entry of a certain amount of fuel into the Gaza Strip. (Gaza-Israel-Hostage Deal)

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SANAA -- Yemen's Houthi rebels on Sunday confirmed that they have hijacked an "Israeli cargo ship" in the Red Sea.

"The Houthis announce the implementation of a military operation in the Red Sea, the results of which included the seizure of an Israeli ship," Houthi military spokesman Yehya Sarea said in a statement aired by the group's al-Masirah TV. (Yemen-Houthis-Hijacking Israeli Ship)

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GAZA -- Thirty-one premature babies at the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City were evacuated on Sunday, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said in a statement.

The statement said the PRCS crews transported the babies to a hospital in Rafah City in the south of the Strip. (Gaza-Al-Shifa Hospital-Babies Evacuation)

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DOHA -- The Qatari foreign minister stated Sunday that mediation efforts between Israel and Hamas are underway, with "good progress" being made in the past few days.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, also the prime minister of Qatar, made the remarks during a joint press conference in Qatar's capital Doha with Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, according to statements published by the Qatari Foreign Ministry on social media platform X. (Qatar-Mediation-Gaza Conflict) Enditem

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