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Israel approves deal with Hamas to release 50 hostages from Gaza, 4-day pause in fighting

The Israeli government on Wednesday favored a deal with Palestinian militant group Hamas to free 50 hostages in Gaza in exchange for a four-day pause in fighting to deliver humanitarian aid to the coastal strip, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said. Voted. , Reuters reports. The talks that were taking place for the last few days were being mediated by Qatar and America.

In a statement the Israeli government said: “The Government of Israel is obliged to return all hostages home. Tonight, the Government approved the outline of the first phase of achieving this goal, according to which at least 50 hostages – the women and children – will be released over four days, during which there will be a pause in fighting. The release of each additional ten hostages will result in an additional day of pause.”

The agreement is the first since the war began on October 7 when Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel that killed nearly 1,400 Israelis.

Since then, Israeli forces have been continuously bombing the Gaza Strip, killing 13,300 Palestinian civilians.

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Hamas welcomed the “humanitarian ceasefire” in a statement, while Israel vowed to “continue its war” against the Palestinian militant group after the truce, the government said, according to AFP.

“We are at war and we will continue the war until we achieve all our goals,” Netanyahu said in a recorded message at the government’s launch. “To destroy Hamas, return all our hostages and ensure “Ensure that no entity in Gaza can threaten Israel.” meeting.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu met with his war cabinet and the broader national security cabinet on the deal, ahead of a meeting of his full government.

Before announcing the deal, the Israeli PM said US President Joe Biden’s intervention had helped improve the temporary agreement so that it included more hostages and fewer concessions.

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According to AFP, the ceasefire will be extended by one additional day for every 10 hostages who are released.

Before the vote, Netanyahu faced rebellion from within his right-wing coalition over the agreement as some of them believed the agreement would give too much to the Palestinian militants responsible for the attacks.

According to AFP, far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir indicated he would vote against the agreement and said it should also include the release of Israeli troops.

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