Hamas has released a third group of Israelis held hostages since October 7. While hoping for an extension in the ceasefire that was originally agreed for a period of four days. The truce began on Friday and officially will last till Monday. Meanwhile, hostages and prisoners were released by both sides, and 40 Israelis were set free by the militant group. Seizing the opportunity, the Palestinian civilians fled to the south in order to avoid heavy pounding by the IDF once the ceasefire was over.The office of the Israeli Prime Minister issued an official statement saying: “The negotiations regarding the list of the next freed people as part of the release plan for the abductees continues. We are aware of the stress that families are under, and we will add information when it becomes possible. We ask to avoid spreading rumours and unreliable information.”
Eylon Levy, the Israeli government’s official spokesperson made a statement about a ceasefire extension and said that Hamas has been given the option for an extension of the truce. “Hamas is on notice – that option for an extension is open. We want to receive another additional 50 hostages beyond tonight, on our way to bringing everyone home. As soon as that framework expires, Israel will continue with full force.” Eylon Levy stated that 392 Israeli soldiers “fell in battle” thus far while more than 9,000 Israelis have been injured since the war began.
Dr Majed al Ansari, Qatar’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has said that the truce between Israel and Hamas has now been extended by two extra days. “The State of Qatar announces, as part of the ongoing mediation, an agreement has been reached to extend the humanitarian truce for an additional two days in the Gaza Strip,” he said. In a statement prior to this, he said he had received “positive messages from both parties to extend the pause”.
Hamas on the other hand has also stated that “The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas announces that it has been agreed with the brothers in Qatar and Egypt to extend the temporary humanitarian truce for an additional two days under the same conditions as the previous truce.” There has been no official confirmation from Israel yet.