The temporary ceasefire between Israel and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the Gaza Strip was extended this Thursday, barely ten minutes before the previous one ended, for at least one more day. “In light of the mediators’ efforts to continue the process of releasing the hostages and subject to the terms of the agreement, the ceasefire will continue“, the Israeli Army announced through social networks.
On the other hand, the Palestinian militia has published a brief statement in which it has indicated that “the extension of the truce has been agreed for a seventh day, this Thursday.” The Qatari Foreign Ministry has announced that “the Palestinian and Israeli sides had reached an agreement to extend the humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip for one more day (today Thursday). under the same previous conditionswhich are a ceasefire and the entry of humanitarian aid, within the framework of joint mediation” between Qatar, Egypt and the United States.
Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesman Majed al Ansari confirmed to the QNA news agency the “continuous intensification of efforts with the aim of reaching a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.” Hours earlier, the Palestinian group had said that Israeli authorities had refused to accept seven hostages and the lifeless bodies of three others – all of them women and children -, which They would have died due to the bombings Israelis in Gaza, in exchange for extending the ceasefire.
In addition, the Ezzeldin al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, had asked its members to maintain “high combat readiness in the last hours of the trucein anticipation of new clashes in the event that the agreement was not renewed. To this end, they had asked to wait until the issuance of an “official statement confirming the extension of the truce.”
Israel and Hamas agreed last week on a temporary four-day truce that came into effect on Friday and was extended on Monday, although this Thursday morning came to an end. This agreement included the release of Israeli hostages in exchange for the release of Palestinian prisoners, as well as the entry of convoys with humanitarian aid.
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