Israel-Hamas war: the truce in Gaza extended at the last minute until Friday

An agreement at the last minute. The truce between Israel and Hamas will be extended by one day until Friday, Qatar, the mediator country, confirmed this Thursday, while a six-day humanitarian break in the Gaza Strip was due to end at 7 a.m. (6 a.m. in Paris). “The Palestinian and Israeli sides have agreed to extend the humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip for another day,” Qatar Foreign Ministry spokesperson Majed al-Ansari said in a statement.

قطر تعلن عن توصل الجانبين الفلسطيني والإسرائيلي لتمديد الهدنة ليو م إضافي

الدوحة – ٣٠ نوفمبر 2023

أعلن الدكتور ماجد بن محمد الأنصاري المتحدث الرسمي لوزارة الخارجية ، عن توصل الجانبين الفلسطيني والإسرائيلي إلى اتفاق لتمديد الهدنة ا لإنسانية في قطاع غزة ليوم إضافي ( اليوم الخميس )…

— الخارجية القطرية (@MofaQatar_AR) November 30, 2023

Hamas had already announced early this Thursday the extension of the truce by one day while the Israeli army indicated that this truce continued with the continuation of negotiations. It is carried out under the same conditions as those of other pauses, namely the cessation of military activities and the entry of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip, explained Majed al-Ansari. He added that the truce would take place “within the framework of the joint mediation of Qatar, the Arab Republic of Egypt and the United States.”

At the same time, the Israeli government announced having received a new “list” of names of women and children hostages to be released during the day in exchange for Palestinian prisoners, in accordance with the truce agreement.

The war between Israel and Hamas was triggered by a bloody attack by the Islamist movement on October 7 on Israeli soil from the Gaza Strip, where it took power in 2007. In retaliation, Israel, which vowed to “ annihilate” Hamas, relentlessly bombed the Gaza Strip until a truce came into effect on November 24.

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