Update Post: November 28, 2023 11:29 pm
The agreed agreement includes a four-day truce
45 days after the escalation of the Arab-Israeli conflict, Israel and Hamas have made progress on the truce issue. According to Reuters, they managed to agree on a temporary ceasefire in the sector for the peaceful release of the hostages held by both sides. However, it is not yet known when it will come into force.
On the morning of November 21, one of the leaders of the Palestinian movement, Ismail Haniyeh, said that Hamas was close to making peace with Israel and had already sent its response to Qatari and international mediators. His words were confirmed by Hamas spokesman Izzat el-Reshik, who added that the parties to the Gaza conflict could still find “some common ground.”
The agreed deal calls for a four-day truce, during which there will be a mutual ceasefire in ground battles and limited air operations by the Israel Defense Forces over the southern Gaza Strip.
Warring parties in Gaza reach agreement on four-day truce and release of hostages
Hamas agrees to release 50 hostages, among whom are only civilians from Israel itself and other countries; The release of soldiers is not expected. The movement may also request an extension of the truce, since the prisoners are held in different places and it will take time to collect them. In exchange, Tel Aviv will return 150 Palestinians, including women and children, imprisoned in Israeli jails.
At the same time, the Israeli military reported that over the past 24 hours it carried out airstrikes against approximately 250 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. In “preparation for ground operations,” they also surrounded the Jebaliya area in the north of the enclave and attacked three underground mines where Palestinians were believed to be hiding.
Hezbollah fighters responded by attacking a building on the Lebanese border where Israeli soldiers were stationed. Later, air raid sirens sounded across northern Israel. The number of Israeli soldiers killed since the conflict began to escalate has risen to 68, according to the IDF.
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