Cease-fire begins in Gaza amidst prisoner swap, aid delivery plans

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Cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is in force on Friday for 4-days, with release of hostages and start of daily aid convoys delivering humanitarian supplies

Cease-fire begins in Gaza amidst prisoner swap, aid delivery plans

The temporary cease-fire in Gaza, which was expected to start on Thursday but was postponed, started on Friday at 7 a.m. local time and will be valid for 4- days and the first prisoner swap will take place on the same day.

HOSTAGES TO BE RELEASED AT 5 PM

Qatari Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Majid al-Ansari gave information about the humanitarian interim process agreed upon between Hamas and Israel and the prisoners to be released at a press conference held on Thursday in the capital Doha.

Ansari said that within the framework of the agreement reached, a humanitarian pause in the clashes will begin at 7 a.m. local time and the first hostage exchange will take place at around 4 p.m.

The list of 13 civilians to be released by Hamas as part of the cease-fire agreement was delivered to Israel. After Hamas releases the prisoners, Israel is expected to release Palestinian prisoners.

Hamas announced the release of three Palestinian prisoners, including women and children, in exchange for an Israeli hostage. It was stated that 50 Israeli hostages, including women and children under the age of 19, would be released within 4 days.

AID TRUCKS TO ENTER GAZA

200 lorries of aid and medical supplies will be transported daily to all parts of the Gaza Strip. Four fuel tankers will also enter Gaza every day.

BOMBARDMENT BEFORE CEASE-FIRE

Aerial bombardment and ground clashes continued in Gaza ahead of the cease-fire. Israeli military officials announced that military command centres, underground tunnels, and weapons storage facilities were among the targets hit.

The al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, shared footage of attacks against Israeli soldiers in Gaza.

WHAT HAPPENED

Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced that they launched a comprehensive attack against Israel called "Al-Aqsa Flood" on the morning of Oct. 7.

While thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, armed groups entered the settlements in the region. The Israeli army also launched an attack on the Gaza Strip with dozens of warplanes. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that Israel killed 14,500 people, including 5,000 children, and 3,500 women. It injured at least 32,000 people in its attacks on Gaza.

The administration said the number of missing persons crossed 6,000, with most of them suspected of lying under the rubble of the fallen buildings.

It was reported that 1,400 Israelis, including 324 soldiers, were killed and 5,132 Israelis were wounded in the attacks from Gaza.

The Israeli army hit Damascus and Aleppo airports. As the Middle East is once again turning into a bloodbath, a deadline has been set for nearly 2.5 million Palestinians to leave the blockaded Gaza.

In Israel’s attacks on Gaza, 52 journalists were killed.

In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since Oct. 8, 55 Hezbollah members and 4 civilians, one of whom was a journalist, were killed. Three Israeli soldiers and one Israeli civilian were killed in the attacks organized by Lebanon.

Most recently, Israel attacked the Jabalia Refugee Camp in Gaza, killing civilians.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he was breaking off all contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of Israeli attacks on civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Source: Newsroom

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