Israel & Hamas comply with short-term cease-fire, hostage launch deal

Israel and Hamas have reached a deal for a short-term humanitarian
ceasefire that may permit the discharge of some hostages and enhance
humanitarian support into the besieged Gaza Strip, U.S. officers mentioned late

President Joe Biden praised the settlement to launch 50 of the
roughly 240 hostages taken by Hamas through the militant group’s
lethal assault on Israel in early October.

“Jill and I’ve been preserving all these held hostage and their beloved
ones near our hearts these many weeks, and I’m terribly
gratified that a few of these courageous souls, who’ve endured weeks of
captivity and an unspeakable ordeal, can be reunited with their
households as soon as this deal is absolutely carried out,” Biden mentioned in a late
Tuesday night time assertion.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned that Americans could be among the many 50 hostages launched by Hamas within the coming days.

Qatar’s Ministry of Affairs mentioned in a press release
on X that the beginning time of the deal could be introduced inside 24 hours
and would final 4 days. The deal will embrace an “alternate for the
launch of quite a few Palestinian girls and kids” held in Israel,
based on the assertion.

Biden thanked the governments of Egypt and Qatar for “their vital management” securing the deal.

“And I admire the dedication that (Israeli) Prime Minister
(Benjamin) Netanyahu and his authorities have made in supporting an
prolonged pause to make sure this deal could be absolutely carried out and to
guarantee the supply of further humanitarian help to alleviate
the struggling of harmless Palestinian households in Gaza,” Biden mentioned.

Hamas militants launched an assault on Israel on Oct. 7, killing
roughly 1,200 folks, together with 33 People. U.S. officers initially
reported that 20 People have been lacking after the assault and could possibly be
among the many greater than 200 hostages.

4 hostages have been launched and an Israeli soldier was rescued
within the weeks for the reason that Hamas assault. Of these, two American hostages, a
mom and daughter, have been launched on Oct. 20, simply days after Biden visited Israel.

The loss of life toll within the Gaza Strip is estimated to be wherever from
11,000 to 14,000, with about half youngsters, based on completely different
sources, together with current reporting from the WAFA Palestine Information and Data Company.

Related Press reviews
from Jerusalem on Tuesday cite Gaza officers saying they’ve misplaced the
potential to depend casualties since Israel started counterstrikes in early
October. Their final official replace on Nov. 10 estimated 11,078 killed.

A number of Home Democrats have known as for a long run cease-fire. These
voices embrace the chamber’s solely Palestinian-American Rep. Rashida
Tlaib of Michigan, whom colleagues voted to censure over Israel remarks.

Following the Hamas assault on Israel, Tlaib issued a press release
mourning “Palestinian and Israeli lives misplaced,” however known as Israeli coverage
“apartheid” that might result in “resistance.”

Democratic Rep. Summer season Lee of Pennsylvania, who together with Tlaib helps a everlasting cease-fire, praised the deal Wednesday.

“I welcome, with reduction, the return of hostages to their households and
pray for the return of all of them. This deal proves that diplomacy is
potential,” Lee posted to X.

Tennessee Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn wrote on X that she was
“glad to listen to that dozens of harmless hostages that have been kidnapped and
tortured by disgusting terrorists will lastly be launched after being
held captive for over a month.”

“We should free all the hostages,” Blackburn mentioned. “We must be calling on Hamas to give up. There could be no ceasefire.”

Blinken credited the “tireless diplomacy and relentless effort” of State Division officers and Center East companions.

“Whereas this deal marks important progress, we is not going to relaxation as lengthy
as Hamas continues to carry hostages in Gaza,” Blinken mentioned in a
assertion Tuesday night time. “My highest precedence is the protection and safety
of People abroad, and we’ll proceed our efforts to safe the
launch of each hostage and their swift reunification with their

Netanyahu mentioned Wednesday that preventing will proceed following the pause.

“There may be numerous nonsense on the market to the impact that after the
pause to return our hostages, we’ll cease the battle. Then let me make it
clear: We’re at battle — and can proceed the battle,” Netanyahu mentioned in a press release
posted on Israel’s authorities web site. “We are going to proceed the battle till
we obtain all of our battle goals: To remove Hamas, return all of our
hostages and our lacking, and be sure that there isn’t a aspect in Gaza
that threatens Israel.”

On Sunday, Israel’s navy launched what it mentioned was video footage
of two overseas nationwide hostages from inside Gaza’s Al-Shifa hospital,
based on a number of media reviews.

Israel started raids
on the hospital on Nov. 15 after claiming Hamas was utilizing the location as a
command heart. American and worldwide information organizations haven’t
been in a position to independently confirm the declare.

Hamas, which the U.S. designated a terrorist group within the late
Nineteen Nineties, seized management of the Gaza Strip from the Palestinian Authority
in 2007.

The newest battle is the fifth between Israel and Hamas militants.
Earlier Israel-Hamas wars have been in 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2021.