HARTFORD–U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, released the following statement:

“This agreement represents a huge diplomatic breakthrough and is a testament to President Biden’s leadership and strong relationships in the region. Since Hamas’ horrific terrorist attack on October 7, hundreds of families have lived through the unimaginable nightmare of not knowing where their loved ones are or whether they will ever be returned. This deal will reunite dozens of families and lay the groundwork to bring more hostages home. We must urgently work to ensure everyone single one is released. Meanwhile, innocent Palestinians are struggling to survive the growing humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza. A four-day pause in the fighting will enable significantly increased amounts of desperately needed humanitarian aid to reach people in need. I am hopeful this agreement will serve as a foundation for a path forward to end this conflict and ensures the long term safety and security of both Israelis and Palestinians.”