Published On: Wed, Nov 22nd, 2023
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Israel Hamas ceasefire agreed in exchange for release of 50 hostages | Politics | News

Israel has approved a deal — facilitated by Qatar — that would permit a truce with Palestine in exchange for the release of 50 hostages.

The governments, however, made clear that this deal is merely a ceasefire, and “not an end to the fighting”.

The deal calls for a four-day cease-fire, during which Israel will halt its military offensive in Gaza while Hamas frees “at least” 50 of the roughly 240 hostages it and other militants are holding, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said.

The first hostages to be released are women and children.

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“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,” the office said in a statement.

Media reports ahead of the vote said Israel would free some 150 Palestinian prisoners as part of the deal, but the Israeli statement made no mention of a prisoner release.

It was not clear when the truce, brokered by the U.S. and Qatar, would go into effect.

Ahead of the early morning vote, 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.”

Despite his tough words, the government statement said the truce would be extended an extra day for every additional 10 hostages released by Hamas.

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