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4-day ceasefire announced in Israel-Hamas war

by Dmytro Basmat November 22, 2023 8:01 AM 2 min read
A Palestinian citizen cooks food and distributes it to displaced people coming from Gaza City on Nov. 21, 2023 in Khan Yunis, Gaza. More Gaza residents have fled south as heavy fighting rages in the northern part of the territory, where Israel has focused its ground operation against Hamas. (Ahmad Hasaballah/Getty Images)
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Qatar has brokered a "truce-for-hostages" deal between Israel and Hamas that will include a four-day ceasefire, the Associated Press reported on Nov. 21.

Qatar's Foreign Ministry said it would announce within the next day when the ceasefire would begin.

The ceasefire will mark the first pause in a six-week war that has claimed thousands of lives and caused intense destruction in the densely-populated Gaza Strip.

The temporary halt in fighting will allow for the exchange of at least 50 of the 240 hostages that Hamas is holding in Gaza, as well as the release of 150 Palestinian POWs — all of whom are women or minors.

Hostage releases will begin 24 hours after the deal is approved by all parties.

“The government of Israel is committed to bringing all of the hostages home. Tonight, the government approved the outline for the first stage of achieving this goal,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.

Ahead of a cabinet vote on the ceasefire, Netanyahu said the war against Hamas would resume after the truce expires.

“We are at war, and we will continue the war,” he said. “We will continue until we achieve all our goals.”

On Oct. 7, Hamas launched a massive attack on Israel, killing over 1,200 Israelis while injuring thousands more. In retaliation, Israel targeted Gaza with airstrikes and launched a ground invasion.

Over 10,000 Palestinians have been killed since the fighting began.

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