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Minutes before deadline, Israel, Hamas extends truce for another day

Medics transport an injured Palestinian child into Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City following an Israeli airstrike on October 11, 2023, as raging battles between Israel and the Hamas movement continued for the fifth consecutive day. Medical supplies, including oxygen, were running low at Gaza’s overwhelmed Al-Shifa hospital as the death toll from five days of ferocious fighting between Hamas and Israel rose sharply on October 11 with Israel keeping up its bombardment of Gaza after recovering the dead from the last communities near the border where Palestinian militants had been holed up. Photo by Atia Darwish\ apaimages

A truce between Israel and Hamas will be extended by one day just 10 minutes before the six-day humanitarian pause in Gaza was set to end.

Mediating nation Qatar confirmed the extension.

“Palestinian and Israeli sides reached an agreement to extend the humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip for an additional day under the same previous conditions, which are a ceasefire and the entry of humanitarian aid, within the framework of the joint mediation of the State of Qatar,” Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Majed Al Ansari said in a statement.

The Israeli military announced that the truce with Hamas will continue “in light of the mediators’ efforts to continue the process of releasing hostages, and subject to the terms of the agreement”.

Earlier Hamas said Israel had refused to receive seven of the detainees from women and children and the bodies of three from the same category of detainees who were killed due to bombing on Gaza, in exchange for extending the temporary humanitarian truce.

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