Ceasefire between Israel and Hamas extended for 2 days : International mediators continued to press for an extension of the ceasefire in Gaza which was due to expire on Monday. The ceasefire has halted the deadliest Israeli-Palestinian violence in decades.
Ceasefire between Israel and Hamas extended for 2 days : It has been agreed between Israel and Hamas to extend the ceasefire for the next 2 days. Qatar’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson gave this information on Monday. It is known that Qatar has been the main mediator along with Egypt in the talks for ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. This announcement has been made on the last day of the 4-day ceasefire between the warring parties. “An agreement has been reached to extend the humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip for an additional two days,” Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesman Majid al-Ansari said on Twitter.
International mediators continued to press for an extension of the ceasefire in Gaza which was due to expire on Monday. The ceasefire has halted the deadliest Israeli-Palestinian violence in decades. Both sides are ready for the fourth phase of the release of people held hostage by Hamas extremists in exchange for the release of imprisoned Palestinians by Israel. Israel said it would extend the ceasefire by one day for every 10 additional hostages. Hamas also said it expected an extension of the four-day ceasefire that came into effect on Friday after weeks of talks brokered by the US, Qatar and Egypt.
Israel wants to crush the military capabilities of Hamas
However, Israel says it is committed to crushing Hamas’ military capabilities and ending its 16-year rule over Gaza. That could mean an expansion of the ground offensive from devastated northern Gaza to the south, where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have taken refuge in UN shelters and where conditions remain dire despite an uptick in aid deliveries under a cease-fire. So far, 62 hostages have been released, one was freed by Israeli forces, while two were found dead in Gaza.
Third exchange of prisoners
On Sunday, Hamas freed 17 more hostages, including 14 Israelis. This is the third exchange of hostages and prisoners under the four-day ceasefire. Israel has also released 39 Palestinian prisoners in return. Most of the hostages appear to be physically healthy, but 84-year-old Elma Avraham was airlifted to Israel’s Soroka Medical Center because she was unable to receive proper care. The hospital gave this information.
Those released on Sunday included nine children and three Thai citizens. With the release of a total of 17 people, Thailand said it was pursuing the safe return of the remaining 15 Thai hostages, the largest group of foreigners held by the extremist group. Thais working in Israel are mostly employed as semi-skilled agricultural labourers.