Sat. Jul 13th, 2024

Hamas is willing to extend a truce for four days and release more Israeli hostages in exchange for Palestinian prisoners, a source close to the group said Wednesday, as mediators sought a lasting halt to the conflict.

A current truce is scheduled to expire early Thursday after a six-day pause in the conflict, sparked by deadly Hamas attacks that prompted a devastating Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

With 60 Israeli hostages and 180 Palestinian prisoners already released and more set to walk free on Wednesday under the agreement, Qatari mediators said they were working for a “sustainable” ceasefire.

In this context, on Tuesday, Israel announced the release of 30 Palestinian prisoners, on the fifth day of the truce with the Hamas movement, which in turn released 10 Israeli hostages and two foreign civilians from the Gaza Strip. Yesterday, it was announced that an agreement had been reached to extend the humanitarian truce in Gaza for two additional days, after the first agreement expired at seven o’clock on Tuesday morning.

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