Infostani Sources- Gaza Ceasefire Marks Prisoner Release and Hospital Evacuations. 150 Palestinian women and children are among thousands of detainees in Israeli jails. Israel suggests that the truce might continue if more prisoners are released at a rate of 10 per day. However, in at least three instances, Israeli police. According to witnesses, raided the homes of the prisoners’ families in Jerusalem before their release.
Sawsan Bkeer, the mother of 24-year-old Palestinian prisoner Marah Bkeer. Who has been in jail since 2015, expressed, “There is no real joy, even this little joy we feel as we wait.”
In Beitunia, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, a large crowd, mostly young men, welcomed the freed prisoners with cheers, honking car horns. Along with a street march carrying Palestinian flags.
“I can’t express how I feel. Thank God,” said 17-year-old Laith Othman. Who was detained earlier this year on suspicion of throwing an incendiary device and was released on Friday. As he was carried along the street on someone’s shoulders, he mentioned, “The situation inside (prison) is very difficult.”
Recent Developments: Prisoner Releases and Biden’s Call for a Two-State Solution
Over 100 more Palestinian prisoners are set to be released in the next four days, and more may be freed if the truce is extended. Earlier, Hamas in Gaza released 24 prisoners. Including 13 Israelis, 10 Thai citizens, and one Filipino, along with four children, four family members, and five elderly women. They were transferred out of Gaza and handed over to Egyptian authorities at the Rafah border crossing. Accompanied by eight staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross in a four-car convoy.
The Israeli military reported that they had already transported the freed prisoners to Israel. Where they underwent an initial medical assessment. A source familiar with the negotiations stated that the release of the Thai workers, all men, was not connected to the truce negotiations. Instead, it followed a separate track of talks with Hamas mediated by Egypt and Qatar. Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, in a social media post. Mentioned that 12 Thai workers had been freed, two more than the figure given by the Qataris. But no reason was given for the discrepancy.
US President Joe Biden stated that Friday’s release of the first group of Hamas prisoners was just a “start” and that there were “real” chances to extend a temporary truce in Gaza. Speaking in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where he spent the Thanksgiving holiday with his family, Biden also expressed the need to “renew” efforts in creating a two-state solution for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Amid Accusations and Ceasefire: Gaza Reports First Quiet Week in Seven, with Focus on IDF Preparation and Al-Shifa Hospital Withdrawal
Both Hamas and Israel accused each other of engaging in sporadic shootings and other violations. However, no big bombings, artillery strikes, or rocket attacks were reported for the first time in seven weeks.
However, Tel Aviv says it will use the four-day lull to prepare for the next phase of its operation in the Gaza Strip. Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari mentioned, “During the days of the truce, the IDF will complete its preparation and readiness for the next stages of the war.” Regarding the withdrawal from Al-Shifa, the largest hospital in Gaza, the health ministry stated that Israeli forces withdrew on Friday. The Israeli military raided Al-Shifa last week, leading to the evacuation of many of the estimated 2,300 patients, staff, and displaced civilians sheltering in the Al-Shifa complex to the south of the Gaza Strip.
Urgent Concerns and Evacuations: Health Crisis in Gaza Sparks Calls for Humanitarian Ceasefire
The World Health Organisation expressed ongoing concerns about the safety of the estimated 100 patients and health workers remaining at Al-Shifa. Spokesman Christian Lindmeier said, “We’re extremely concerned.” Health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra mentioned that the Israeli military had withdrawn, but those remaining at Al-Shifa were in a battered complex whose “main generator is destroyed along with numerous buildings.”
“We’re working on further evacuations from hospitals as soon as possible,” said Lindmeier, with recent Israeli operations focusing on the Indonesian Hospital. The latest evacuation convoy from Al-Shifa included “73 severely ill or injured patients,” some in need of critical care. Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN humanitarian agency OCHA, expressed hope that this humanitarian pause will lead to a longer-term humanitarian ceasefire for the benefit of the people of Gaza, Israel, and beyond.
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