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Israel-Hamas Mediators Work to Extend Truce, More Captives to Be Freed

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Israel-Hamas Mediators Work to Extend Truce, More Captives to Be Freed

Israel-Hamas Mediators Work to Extend Truce, More Captives to Be Freed

Israel-Hamas Mediators Work to Extend Truce, , More Captives to Be Freed.

The Israel-Hamas truce agreement was set to expire on Nov.

29 after being extended for two days.

However, mediators in Qatar are attempting to secure the release of more captives by prolonging the cease-fire for another 48 hours, NPR reports.

.

On Nov.

29, another 10 Israeli hostages are expected to be released by Hamas in exchange for 30 Palestinian prisoners.

On Nov.

29, another 10 Israeli hostages are expected to be released by Hamas in exchange for 30 Palestinian prisoners.

The day before, 10 Israelis and two Thai people were exchanged for 30 Palestinians, NPR reports.

.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes that out of the 240 hostages taken by Hamas last month, 161 are still being detained by the militant group.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes that out of the 240 hostages taken by Hamas last month, 161 are still being detained by the militant group.

On Nov.

29, an Israeli official said that "Israel has consistently said that as long as more hostages are released, it would address the possibility of further extending the pauses.".

Hamas reportedly told mediators that they would agreed to extend the truce for another four days, NPR reports.

.

According to the U.N.

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

"airstrikes, shelling and ground clashes have largely ceased" since the beginning of the truce on Nov.

24.

But "exchange of fire reportedly took place between Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups in the Beit Hanoun area, in the north, and Israeli forces reportedly used tank fire at open areas in the south.".

On Nov.

27, U.N.

Secretary-General António Guterres pushed for "a full humanitarian cease-fire, for the benefit of the people of Gaza, Israel and the wider region."


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