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Hamas-Israel Agree to 4-Day Ceasefire & Prisoner Exchange

Hamas-Israel Agree to 4-Day Ceasefire & Prisoner Exchange

Infostani Sources- Israel and Hamas have agreed to a four-day ceasefire and a prisoner exchange, a deal hailed as the Global Sapper Agreement. US President Joe Biden expressed his support for the agreement and extended gratitude to Egypt and Qatar for their mediation efforts. According to the British Broadcasting Agency, Israel’s coalition government has signed an agreement to release 50 Israelis in Gaza. The terms include the release of 150 Palestinian women and children held in Israeli prisons, along with an increase in aid sent to Gaza. A statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu announced that the release of 50 Israeli citizens would occur in intervals during the 4-day pause in the ongoing conflict.

For every additional 10 Northmen released after the release of 50 Talis, Israel has offered Hamas an extra day’s pause in the war. In response, Hamas stated that the agreement allows Palestinians time to recover from intense Israeli air and ground attacks. All Israeli aircraft and drone activity in southern Gaza is expected to come to a halt for four days. However, in northern Gaza, the primary target of Israeli operations against Hamas, the ceasefire will only be in effect between 10 am and 4 pm daily. Prisoners are set to be released on Thursday, allowing Palestinians to safely move from northern areas, such as the Jahalia refugee camp, to the south.

Israeli-Hamas Ceasefire: Key Points and Reactions

Hamas-Israel Agree to 4-Day Ceasefire & Prisoner Exchange
The entire Gaza Strip will experience a ceasefire during this period.

 

As per the report, the cease-fire agreement dictates that Israel will permit 300 aid trucks from Egypt to enter Gaza daily, providing essential supplies, including fuel. The Gaza Ministry of Health has reported more than 14,000 Palestinian casualties resulting from Israeli attacks. A member of Hamas’s political bureau, Musa Abu Marzouq, informed Al Jazeera that the ceasefire with Israel will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday. The entire Gaza Strip will experience a ceasefire during this period.

With no Israeli warplanes or air activity in Gaza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Red Crescent, with the support of Israel, Qatar, and Hamas, will facilitate the prisoner exchange, as stated by Majid al-Ansari, the spokesman for the Qatari Foreign Ministry. Additionally, the agreement allows the transportation of aid to Gaza.

Additionally, the delivery of fuel is part of the agreement. International acclaim embraces the temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, labeling it a significant step towards peace. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas commended the prisoner exchange and the cease-fire deal, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian issue and an end to the ongoing conflict with Israel. He expressed gratitude for the agreement, attributing its success to the efforts of Egypt and Qatar. US President Joe Biden thanked Egypt and Qatar for mediating and highlighted that the release of 50 individuals, including Mir Gamal, also involves American citizens.

Developments in Gaza: Ceasefire, Diplomatic Efforts, and Prisoner Return

Hamas-Israel Agree to 4-Day Ceasefire & Prisoner Exchange

 

The Turkish Foreign Ministry stated that declaring a four-day ceasefire in Gaza aims to halt the bloodshed. Arab foreign ministers expressed their view on the temporary ceasefire agreement, advocating for its extension and considering it the initial move towards a comprehensive cessation of aggression. During a media briefing in London, the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan emphasized that the agreement should prompt a restart of negotiations for a two-state solution.

Speaking to reporters on the plane back from Algeria, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud emphasized the need to continue and expand humanitarian aid, stressing that it should not be tied to the release of more prisoners. Erdogan expressed the possibility of visiting Egypt soon to discuss the evacuation of patients from Nizah and other measures. He underscored the importance of the Islamic world acting in unity and solidarity regarding Gaza.

Qatari Prime Minister Mohammad bin Abdul Rahman Al Jani stated that Mir Ghamalis’ return to Israel is expected to contribute to peace in the Gaza Strip. German Foreign Minister Anna Lena Hatteryuk also labeled the deal between Israel and Hamas for the return of Seir Ghamalis as a significant development.

International Reactions to Israel-Hamas Agreement and Ongoing Developments

Hamas-Israel Agree to 4-Day Ceasefire & Prisoner Exchange

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expressed her approval of the agreement in a statement. She acknowledged the challenges in reaching this consensus. A spokesperson for the Chinese government, speaking in Pyongyang, expressed hope that the deal would contribute to reducing the humanitarian crisis and conflict. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the Israel-Hamas agreement with the support of Qatar, Egypt, and the United States, emphasizing the need for further progress. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated that the Russian government sees the humanitarian struggle for a permanent solution as a time-consuming process. He also mentioned that peace could be established on a similar timeline.

Conversely, Egypt has once again cautioned Israel that a forceful response will be met if Palestinians are expelled from Gaza. In a parallel development, Israel has issued an order for the evacuation of Jordan’s field hospital in Gaza. The US has declined to halt its weapon supply to Israel, seeking additional approval from the US Congress for increased military aid to both Israel and Ukraine. During a press briefing, US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller stated that the request for additional aid has been submitted to the US Congress. Meanwhile, Amnesty International, in a report examining evidence, has asserted that Israel is committing war crimes in its conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

Israeli Attacks Raise Concerns of War Crimes and Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

Hamas-Israel Agree to 4-Day Ceasefire & Prisoner Exchange

During our investigation into violations of the laws of war, we documented two attacks on October 19 and 20 in the Israeli town of Bamiari, resulting in the death of 46 civilians, including 20 children and an 80-year-old woman. The report asserts that Israel is responsible for war crimes at a Gaza site where 46 innocent civilians lost their lives, and a thorough investigation is warranted. Amnesty International’s report also notes that Israel targeted a church building used as shelter by displaced Palestinians, along with mosques, schools, and hospitals. According to Toby Flickr, spokesperson for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 18,000 children in Gaza have been displaced as a result of the Israeli war.

UNICEF spokesman Tulyaf Kar informed Arab TV Al Jazeera that over 800,000 Pechka Hai residents have been forced to leave their homes. Gaza, with 340,000 children under the age of 5, is grappling with severe malnutrition. James Elder, a spokesperson for the United Nations agency UNICEF, cautioned that the scarcity of food in Gaza would hinder sanitation efforts, leading to concerns about potential epidemics.

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