Israel-Hamas war: humanitarian truce extended by two days, announce Hamas and Qatar

THE temporary ceasefire will be extended by around fifty hours. Hamas and Qatar announced on Monday the extension of the truce in Gaza by 48 hours, subject to new releases of hostages held by the Palestinian Islamist movement and prisoners held in Israeli prisons. Israel did not immediately confirm this extension.

Hamas, which took power in the Gaza Strip in 2007, had earlier indicated that it was preparing a new list of hostages to be released in order to extend the truce in fighting with Israel. The first announcement was made a few minutes earlier by Qatar, mediator country of this agreement. “An agreement has been reached to extend the humanitarian truce for two days in the Gaza Strip,” Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesperson Majed Al-Ansari said on X, formerly Twitter.

The State of Qatar announces, as part of the ongoing mediation, an agreement has been reached to extend the humanitarian pause for an additional two days in the Gaza Strip.

— د. ماجد محمد الأنصاري Dr. Majed Al Ansari (@majedalansari) November 27, 2023

Israel had proposed during the day to the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas an “option” to extend the truce started on Friday and which was initially scheduled to end on Tuesday at 7 a.m. (6 a.m. in Paris), an Israeli government spokesperson said on Monday, including the release of 50 additional hostages.

A provision of the initial deal allows its renewal to free around ten hostages daily in the hands of Hamas, in exchange for the release of around thirty Palestinian prisoners. This Sunday, Hamas, in power in Gaza since 2007, said it was “seeking to extend the truce”, with the aim of “increasing the number of prisoners released”.

The Israeli government is under intense pressure to extend the truce and thus allow the release of a greater number of hostages, forcefully demanded by a public opinion traumatized by the Hamas attack. After American President Joe Biden, the European Union and NATO called on Monday for an extension of the truce. Additional respite would make it possible “to provide more aid to populations in great need and to obtain the release of other hostages,” according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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