Nov 27, 2023 at 5:25 PM Update: 4 minutes ago
The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is extended by two days. The ceasefire was due to expire on Monday after four days, but the two sides have reached a new agreement.
“An agreement has been reached to extend the humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip for another two days,” a spokesperson for the Qatari Foreign Ministry wrote on X.
Hamas confirms that the group has agreed to an extension of the fighting pause. The White House also says an agreement has been reached between the two parties. Israel has not yet confirmed the extension.
Egypt and Qatar, who previously also mediated the ceasefire between the two parties, previously reported on Monday that a two-day extension was in sight. Another 20 Israeli hostages and 60 Palestinians are scheduled to be released over the next two days.
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People were released in the past three days, but no one yet on Monday
Last Friday, the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas came into effect at 6:00 am (Dutch time). The parties had agreed to lay down their arms for at least four days. Israel and Hamas had agreed that women and children would be released on both sides. Hamas would release 50 Israelis and Israel 150 Palestinians.
In the past three days, Hamas has released 58 hostages: 40 Israelis and 18 foreigners. In return, Israel released 117 Palestinian prisoners.
If all goes well, another prisoner exchange will follow on Monday. Egypt previously stated that Hamas will release eleven Israelis. According to the country, negotiations are still ongoing for the release of 33 Palestinians on Monday.
Israel says the families of the hostages being released have been informed. The Dutch-Israeli hostage Ofir Engel is not on the list on Monday, says his grandfather Jucha Engel. “We’ll continue here and wait.” The eighteen-year-old boy was kidnapped by Hamas on October 7.
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NATO chief, among others, called for an extension
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg called on Israel and Hamas on Monday to extend the ceasefire. He said it must ensure that Hamas releases more hostages and that more aid reaches Palestinian civilians. Other Western allies of Israel made similar calls.
Stoltenberg also called on Iran to “contain” accomplices such as Hamas and Hezbollah. The movements receive a lot of money from Iran to enable the fight against Israel and the West.
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