The truce between Israel and Hamas, which facilitated the return of 50 Israeli women and children from captivity in Gaza, has been extended for two more days. This extension has been confirmed by Qatar’s foreign ministry spokesperson Majed Al-Ansari, bringing the total number of freed hostages to 69.
Humanitarian Pause Extended
With the initial four-day truce in Gaza on the verge of expiration, mediator Qatar and Hamas have decided to extend the humanitarian pause in fighting for two more days. This decision comes after intense negotiations involving Qatar, the United States, and Egypt, aimed at establishing and prolonging the truce.
Death and Release of Hostages
During the fifth day of the Israel-Hamas truce, Hamas has released 69 hostages while Israel has freed 150 Palestinian detainees. The Israel Defense Forces confirmed the death of hostage Ravid Katz, who was captured during the Hamas attack on October 7. Meanwhile, a technical committee from Turkey is setting up a field hospital in Gaza.
Respite from Bombardment
Qatar and Hamas announced the extension of the truce, providing much-needed respite for the people in Gaza who have been enduring weeks of Israeli bombardment. The extension of the truce has also allowed for the return of a 17-year-old son to his Palestinian family. As part of the agreement, there are plans for two more exchanges of militant-held hostages for Palestinians imprisoned by Israel.