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Israel-Hamas war ceasefire begins; 13 hostages set to be released on Day 1 | Top updates

Nov 24, 2023 01:37 PM IST

Hours before the start of the four-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, officials a hospital in Gaza was bombed.

Israeli forces and Palestine's Hamas militants began a four-day ceasefire amid the ongoing war on Friday morning, as 13 Israeli women and children hostages are expected to be released during the day.

Ambulances are seen on a road near an Israeli forces tank during an Israeli army ground operation in the Gaza Strip. (AP)
Ambulances are seen on a road near an Israeli forces tank during an Israeli army ground operation in the Gaza Strip. (AP)

Hours before the ceasefire, officials told news agency Reuters that a hospital in Gaza was one of the targets that was bombed. Both sides have agreed to resume the fight after the temporary stop.

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“These will be complicated days and nothing is certain... Even during this process, there could be changes. Control over northern Gaza is the first step of a long war, and we are preparing for the next stages,” Israeli military spokesperson Daniel Hagari said.

Here are the top updates on the Israel-Hamas war:

  • The truce began at 7am local time and would involve a comprehensive ceasefire in the north and south Gaza, the Qatar foreign ministry told Reuters.
  • Aid is likely to flow into Gaza and the first group of hostages would be released by 4pm local time, Qatar ministry spokesperson Majed Al-Ansari said in Doha. A total of 50 hostages would be released over the next four days. Al-Ansari said that Palestinians would also be released from Israeli jails.
  • Hamas said 200 trucks a day carrying aid will enter Gaza. News agency AP reported citing Qatar that the aid will be carrying fuel.
  • Before the ceasefire, the fighting continued at a greater pace than normal as Israeli jets hit over 300 targets and the troops engaged in fighting around the Jabalia refugee camp in north Gaza.
  • An Indonesian hospital in Gaza City said it was reeling from continuous bombing. Gaza health officials said the hospital was operating without any light and filled with bedridden people, including children.
  • Doctors Without Borders said Gaza's Nasser hospital, which treats burn patients and supports emergency room, was facing an overflow of patients and families that were sheltering in the building.
  • Israel on Thursday said it detained the chief of Gaza's biggest hospital Al Shifa, Muhammad Abu Salamiya, for questioning his role in the hospital being used as a Hamas command centre. Hamas condemned the arrest of Salamiya and other doctors stating that Israel was trying to remove the remaining patients at the facility.
  • Air-raid sirens were sounded across northern Israel on Thursday as Lebanon's terror group Hezbollah said that it fired 48 Katyusha rockets from southern Lebanon.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to continue the war after the truce ends and destroy the military capabilities of Hamas, end its 16-year-long rule in Gaza and free 240 hostages held in Gaza.
  • Turkey's health ministry said on Thursday that it was planning to evacuate wounded or sick Gaza children and young people on Friday, Reuters reported.
  • A total of 14,500 people — 13,300 Palestinians and 1,200 Israelis — have lost their lives since Hamas entered Israeli towns on October 7 using motor gliders, boats and trucks starting the ongoing war. In retaliation, Israel launched a devastating invasion of the Gaza Strip along with shutting supply of fuel, electricity and water in the strip.

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    Sanskriti Falor is a Senior Content Producer at the News Desk of HT Digital. Having worked in Digital Media for the past two years, she is interested in covering civic issues and global affairs.

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