A brief cease-fire within the Israel-Hamas conflict has been prolonged one other day, in accordance with mediator Qatar. The announcement Thursday got here minutes earlier than the cease-fire was set to run out.
Israel had agreed to increase the truce by in the future for each 10 militant-held hostages who’re freed. The cease-fire, which started Nov. 24 and was initially set to run out on Monday, has paused the deadliest preventing between Israel and Palestinians in a long time.
Israel has vowed to renew the conflict in an effort to finish Hamas’ 16-year rule of Gaza, nevertheless it’s going through mounting worldwide strain to spare southern Gaza a devastating floor offensive just like the one which has demolished a lot of the north.
Roughly 240 hostages have been captured by Hamas in its Oct. 7 assault in southern Israel that ignited the conflict. Greater than 13,300 Palestinians have been killed for the reason that conflict started, in accordance with the Hamas-controlled Well being Ministry in Gaza, which does not differentiate between civilians and combatants. About 1,200 individuals have been killed in Israel, largely throughout the preliminary incursion by Hamas.
At the moment:
— Israel compares Hamas to the Islamic State group. However the comparability misses the mark in key methods.
— Blinken urges cease-fire extension, discussions about Gaza’s future.
— Freed Israeli hostage describes deteriorating situations whereas being held by Hamas.
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Right here’s what’s occurring within the conflict:
JERUSALEM — Israel and Hamas agreed to increase a brief truce by one other day simply minutes earlier than it was set to run out, stated Qatar, which has been mediating between the 2 sides.
The truce was set to run out Thursday morning. Negotiations on extending it got here all the way down to the wire, with last-minute disagreements over the hostages to be freed by Hamas in alternate for one more day of a halt in preventing.
The Qatari Overseas Ministry stated the truce was being prolonged underneath the identical phrases as prior to now, underneath which Hamas has launched 10 Israeli hostages per day in alternate for 30 Palestinian prisoners.
Israel launched one other group of Palestinian prisoners early Thursday in alternate for 16 hostages freed hours earlier by the Islamic militant group Hamas in Gaza.
A bus carrying among the Palestinian detainees arrived within the West Financial institution metropolis of Ramallah earlier than daybreak. The releases got here on the sixth day of a brief truce within the Israel-Hamas conflict.
Most outstanding amongst these freed was 22-year-old Ahed Tamimi, an activist who gained worldwide fame in 2017 after a video of her slapping an Israeli soldier went viral on social media.
Israeli troops arrested her at her West Financial institution residence on Nov. 6 for “inciting to terrorism” on her Instagram account. Her mom stated Tamimi’s account had been hacked.