Israel announces extension of Gaza truce

Israel announced on Thursday it will extend the ongoing pause in Gaza attacks for another day to allow more hostages to be released.

In a post on X, the IDF said: “The operational pause will continue in light of the mediators’ efforts to continue the process of releasing the hostages and subject to the terms of the framework.”.

The six-day truce was set to end Thursday morning, with the last group of Israeli and Palestinian hostages freed overnight.

The Israeli attacks on Gaza killed around 20,000 innocent civilians, according to the UN 67 percent of the victims are women and children.

Since the beginning of the truce, 70 Israeli hostages have been freed in return for 210 Palestinian hostages.

Around 30 foreigners living in Israel, have also been freed outside the terms of the deal.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres demanded a “true humanitarian ceasefire”, warning Gazans are “in the midst of an epic humanitarian catastrophe.”

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