ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR

A truce between Israel and Hamas will be extended by two days, mediator Qatar said hours before the pause was due to end Tuesday, as more hostages were freed from Gaza in exchange for the release of dozens of Palestinian prisoners.The extension came as 11 more hostages were freed from Gaza, along with the release of another 33 Palestinian prisoners — the last exchange under the first deal. Follow our live blog for the latest updates. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).

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A screen grab taken from a handout video shows what the Israeli army says is a vehicle of the International Committee of the Red Cross carrying the 11 hostages who were handed over by Hamas militants.
A screen grab taken from a handout video shows what the Israeli army says is a vehicle of the International Committee of the Red Cross carrying the 11 hostages who were handed over by Hamas militants. © Reuters

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Summary

  • Israel and Hamas on Monday agreed to a two-day extension of the four-day truce agreed last week. The extension provides for the release of 20 hostages from Gaza in exchange for 60 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.
  • The Palestinian militant group on Monday released 11 hostages from Gaza, including three French, two German and six Argentinian dual nationals. Israel released 33 Palestinian women and minors from Israeli jails under the terms of a swap deal.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday welcomed the release of the three French minors from Gaza.
  • Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has made clear he intends to press ahead with the Gaza offensive after the ceasefire expires.
  • A French warship arrived in Egypt near the border with Gaza to serve as a hospital for wounded civilians, a port source said Monday. The Dixmude ship is expected to accomodate two operating rooms and around 40 beds.
  • Hamas attacked southern Israeli communities on October 7, killing 1,200 people and taking about 240 hostages, according to the Israeli government.
  • Since then, Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry says more than 14,500 people have been killed in Israel’s retaliatory assault on the Gaza Strip.

Key developments on Monday, November 27:

  • After releasing 11 Israelis from the coastal Mediterranean strip on Monday, Hamas has freed 69 of the about 240 hostages it took during an incursion into southern Israel that killed about 1,200 people, according to Israeli figures.

  • Hamas-affiliated media reported that Israel freed 30 Palestinian children and three women, in the truce’s fourth swap.

  • The UN said 248 trucks carrying desperately needed humanitarian aid had entered the Gaza Strip since the start of the truce, adding that 61 trucks had reached the worst-hit northern part of the enclave on Saturday.

  • Delegations from European Union member states and Middle Eastern and north African countries met in Barcelona, Spain, to discuss the crisis in Gaza.

For more, read yesterday’s blog here.

About casualty figures from Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry:

Gaza’s health ministry collects data from enclave’s hospitals and the Palestinian Red Crescent.

The health ministry does not report how Palestinians were killed, whether from Israeli airstrikes and artillery barrages or errant Palestinian rocket fire. It describes all casualties as victims of “Israeli aggression”. The ministry also does not distinguish between civilians and combatants. 

Throughout four wars and numerous skirmishes between Israel and Hamas, UN agencies have cited the Hamas-run health ministry’s death tolls in regular reports. The International Committee of the Red Cross and Palestinian Red Crescent also use the numbers.

In the aftermath of war, the UN humanitarian office has published final death tolls based on its own research into medical records. The UN’s counts have largely been consistent with the Gaza health ministry’s, with small discrepancies. 

For more on the Gaza health ministry’s tolls, click here.

(FRANCE 24 with AP) 

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)

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