Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Extended By One More Day Minutes Before It Was Set To Expire

Published 2 months ago
By Forbes | Siladitya Ray
Two-Day Truce Extension Promises Release Of More Israeli Hostages And Palestinian Prisoners
A van carries hostages released by Hamas from Gaza earlier this evening, including Yarden Roman seen waving, on November 30, 2023 in Ofakim, Israel. Israel and Hamas agreed to a two-day extension to their initial four-day truce, which promised the release of more Israeli hostages held in Gaza, as well as the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

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Israel and Hamas on Thursday agreed to extend an ongoing temporary ceasefire by an additional day, just minutes before it was set to expire, a move that will allow for continued negotiations on the release of more hostages from Gaza in exchange for Palestinians held in Israeli prisons.

KEY FACTS

The extension was announced by the Qatari Foreign Ministry—which is mediating discussions between the two sides—just minutes before the ceasefire agreement was set to expire at 7 a.m. local time.

The extended truce maintains the same conditions both sides had agreed to previously where Hamas will release at least 10 Israeli hostages every day in exchange for 30 Palestinian prisoners.

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Qatari officials said efforts for permanent ceasefire agreement are still ongoing.

The Israeli Prime Minister’s office said it has already informed the relatives of hostages who are expected to be released on Thursday, with Haaretz reporting that the list could include eight women and children.

This is a developing story.

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