Israel and Hamas consider ceasefire extension amidst hostage exchange talks

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Israel and Hamas consider ceasefire extension amidst hostage exchange talks

Late on Monday, Qatar announced an agreement to extend the four-day humanitarian pause between Israel and Hamas in Gaza for an additional two days. This extension entails the execution of further prisoner exchanges. Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said Monday that once the humanitarian pause ends in Gaza, the army will resume its military operation throughout the entire Gaza Strip with greater strength.

"You now have a few days. We will return to fighting. We will use the same amount of power and more," Gallant said while meeting with Israeli troops, according to the Times of Israel news website

"We will fight in the entire Strip," he added.

“Remember that while you are organizing and resting and investigating, the enemy is also doing the same,” he said, referring to the Palestinian group Hamas.

Qatar's announcement of a two-day extension in the cease-fire has sparked optimism for more extensions, enabling increased aid into Gaza. The living conditions for the 2.3 million Palestinians there have remained dire, marked by extensive Israeli bombardment and a ground offensive that has displaced three-quarters of the population from their homes.

Israel's commitment to extending the cease-fire by one day for every 10 additional hostages released stands firm. Following Qatar's announcement, a key mediator in the conflict alongside the United States and Egypt, Hamas confirmed its agreement to a two-day extension "under the same terms."

Talks between the conflicting parties, mediated by Egypt, aim to extend the cease-fire for an additional four days, with both sides reportedly agreeing in principle. However, complications arise from violence in the occupied West Bank, where Hamas demands an end to Israeli military raids. Ongoing clashes with Israeli forces have resulted in numerous arrests and casualties since the onset of the war.

The release of dozens of hostages, primarily women and children, has garnered support in Israel for the return of the remaining captives. 62 hostages have been released, with ongoing efforts to secure the release of up to 175 remaining hostages, including soldiers.

Notably, the Nov. 26 exchange saw Hamas freeing 17 hostages, including 14 Israelis, while Israel released 39 Palestinian prisoners in the third such exchange under the truce. Most released hostages appear to be in good physical condition, but an 84 years old individual was airlifted to Israel's Soroka Medical Center in life-threatening condition due to inadequate care.

The released Palestinian prisoners mainly consisted of teenagers accused of participating in confrontations with Israeli forces, involving actions such as throwing stones and firebombs. Many Palestinians regard these prisoners, even those implicated in attacks, as heroes resisting occupation.

Source: Newsroom

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