Israel and Hamas have agreed to extend the truce for one day under the same conditions as before, which include the release of captives in exchange for prisoners. The extension was announced just before the truce was set to expire and was mediated by Qatar.
Israel’s military announced the extension of the “operational pause” just before the scheduled expiration of the halt in fighting at 0500GMT.
The operational pause will continue, subject to the terms of the framework and the mediators’ efforts to release the hostages.
The prime minister’s office confirmed the extension of the operational pause and mentioned receiving a new list of captives.
Israel received a list of women and children in accordance with the agreement, leading to the continuation of the truce, without specifying a timeframe.
Hamas announced an agreement to extend the truce for a seventh day without providing further details.
Israel initially refused to extend the truce after Hamas offered to hand over seven captives and the bodies of three more.
Qatar, leading the truce negotiations, confirmed the extension of the pause for a day under the same previous conditions.
The temporary pause has stopped the fighting that began on October 7, after Israel’s air and ground campaign in Gaza killed nearly 15,000 people, mostly civilians, and destroyed large parts of the north of the territory.
The truce agreement allows for extensions if Hamas can release another 10 captives a day, but both sides warned they were ready to return to fighting.