Infostani Sources- The foreign news agency reported an extension of the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel for an additional day. The parties agreed to maintain the existing conditions for another seven days, reaching the agreement just 10 minutes before the previous ceasefire’s expiration on Thursday. Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Majid Al-Ansari, who mediated the deal, stated that aid would be provided in Gaza during this period, and both sides committed to refraining from engaging in warfare. As part of the agreement, Hamas and Israel will release each other’s prisoners.
On a different note, Palestinian resistance carried out an attack on a bus stand in Israel, resulting in the killing of three Jewish settlers, including a woman, and injuring 16 people. The Israel Broadcasting Corporation, citing medical officials, confirmed the casualties. The Israeli army retaliated, shooting dead the two men responsible for the attack. The attackers, identified as Palestinian brothers from Beit Al-Maqdis, wielded a pistol and an M16 rifle.
Gaza Crisis Update: Hamas Demands Prisoner Release, Humanitarian Aid Reaches Northern Shelters
Hamas, through its former health minister in Gaza, Basim Naim, revealed its terms for the release of Israeli soldiers. The demands include the release of all Palestinian prisoners in exchange for all Israeli soldiers, contingent on Israel withdrawing its tanks and military equipment from Gaza. UNRWA Director Miss White, emphasizing the urgent need to extend the pause in the conflict, described Gaza City as reduced to ruins.
Humanitarian aid reached shelters in northern Gaza for the first time since the war began. Al-Qassam Brigades also handed over 10 Israeli prisoners. As well as 4 Thai nationals in the sixth installment of the prisoner exchange agreement. However, the situation in Gaza remains dire, with 160 casualties recovered in the last 24 hours. Bringing the total number of martyrs to over 15,000 since the beginning of the Israeli attacks on October 7.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the adoption of Resolution 2712. Emphasizing the need for an immediate and expanded humanitarian response across Gaza. The World Health Organization (WHO) head, Ted Ross Ed Ha Nom, called for the release of prisoners in Gaza. Also, a permanent ceasefire, urging influential countries to take more substantial measures.
Developments in Gaza: Ceasefire Challenges, Diplomatic Tensions, and International Calls for Action
Israel warned Palestinians against returning to northern Gaza and authorities in the occupied West Bank arrested at least 40 Palestinians. US Secretary of State Antony B. Latkin, after meeting with Israeli leaders, visited Ramallah and urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ensure the protection of civilians in southern Gaza if fighting resumes.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez advocated for the European Union to recognize the Palestinian state as a potential resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This statement led to the summoning of the Spanish ambassador to Israel and a recorded protest. US Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Senator Mark Warner expressed concerns that Israel has lost global sympathy. Emphasizing the importance of the Gaza ceasefire continuing. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced increased efforts for the release of Yar Ghamals and a long-awaited ceasefire in Gaza. With Turkey sending aid planes and establishing a field hospital in Gaza.
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