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Israel-Hamas War: Truce Deal Raises Optimism for Gaza Ceasefire

Israel-Hamas War: Truce Deal Raises Optimism for Gaza Ceasefire

Israel-Hamas War: Truce Deal Raises Optimism for Gaza Ceasefire

Israel-Hamas War: Truce Deal Raises Optimism for Gaza Ceasefire

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  • Israel and Hamas agree to a four-day ceasefire in the Gaza war.
  • Truce aims to release hostages held by militants and Palestinians imprisoned by Israel.
  • Qatar announces the breakthrough after weeks of indirect negotiations.
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In a significant development, Israel and Hamas have agreed to a four-day ceasefire, signaling hope for an end to the seven-week war in Gaza.

The truce, set to begin at 10 a.m. local time on Thursday, aims to facilitate the release of dozens of hostages held by militants, as well as Palestinians imprisoned by Israel.

The breakthrough, announced by the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar, comes after weeks of indirect negotiations involving mediators from Egypt and the United States.

The deal involves the gradual release of 50 hostages in exchange for 150 Palestinian prisoners, with a focus on freeing women and children first.

Despite the positive news, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu affirmed that the country would resume the war after the truce until all goals, including the destruction of Hamas’ capabilities, are achieved.

International leaders, including U.S. President Joe Biden, welcomed the agreement, expressing hope for an extended pause and eventual talks to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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The truce could bring a much-needed influx of aid to Gaza, which has suffered extensive damage during the conflict.

However, challenges remain, with ongoing fighting reported in Gaza City and Palestinian militants firing rockets at Israel.

The ceasefire also hinges on the release of hostages, with Israel pledging to extend the truce for every additional 10 hostages freed by Hamas. The drawn-out process may impact Israel’s offensive and its ability to achieve its goals.

As the world watches the situation unfold, there are concerns about the toll on civilians in Gaza, with reports of overnight airstrikes causing civilian casualties and severe damage.

The war, triggered by Hamas’ incursion into southern Israel, has resulted in over 11,000 Palestinian deaths, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza.

The return of hostages is expected to bring relief to families in Israel, but questions linger about the criteria for release and potential divisions among affected families.

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The war has displaced over 1.7 million Palestinians, leading to shortages of essential supplies and a territory-wide power blackout.

The truce holds the promise of humanitarian aid, but challenges persist in rebuilding and addressing the broader consequences of the conflict.

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