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Israel Gaza war, Hamas demands ceasefire extension As Gaza ceasefire nears expiration, hostages being freed Palestinian conflict

Israel-Hamas ceasefire: As the deadline for a four-day Israel-Hamas temporary ceasefire approaches, the Palestinian militant group has said the agreement can only be extended if serious efforts are made to increase the number of Palestinian detainees in Israel, Reuters reports. . This comes after Hamas released 58 hostages held since its October 7 attack on Israel. The announcement was made in a statement on Sunday.

Hamas freed 25 hostages on the first day of Sach, 17 on the second day and 18 on the third day. According to a report by the Associated Press, this also includes foreign nationals, but mostly Thai people.

The ceasefire agreement was brokered by Qatar and Egypt to stop the conflict for the first time in seven long weeks. More than 15,000 people have been killed so far in Israel’s counter-offensive against Hamas in Gaza.

President Joe Biden had earlier said that on the third day of the ceasefire, Hamas released a four-year-old American girl, 13 Israeli captives, three Thais and a Russian national, news agency Reuters reported.

Earlier in a post on from Gaza, in addition to one Russian citizen and 3 Thais who have already been handed over to the ICRC.”

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden supported the extension of a temporary four-day ceasefire agreed by Israel and Hamas as more hostages were released on the third day. Thirteen Israelis, including a four-year-old American-Israeli girl and three foreigners, Hamas said, were freed from Gaza, while 39 Palestinian prisoners were freed by Israel.

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