Israeli cabinet approves hostage deal

Source: The Hill | November 21, 2023 | Nick Robertson

The Israeli cabinet approved a deal for a cease-fire in the country’s war against Hamas in Gaza on Tuesday, including to free 50 hostages kept by the terrorist organization inside Gaza.

The four-day ceasefire is the culmination of days of negotiations between Israel, Hamas, the U.S. and Qatar amid a brutal war that has waged for six weeks.

Hamas will release 50 of its approximately 240 hostages over the course of four days, the Israeli government announced, starting with women and children. The cease-fire would then extend an additional day for every 10 hostages released.

“The Government of Israel is obligated to return home all of the hostages,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement. “The Government of Israel, the IDF and the security services will continue the war in order to return home all of the hostages, complete the elimination of Hamas and ensure that there will be no new threat to the State of Israel from Gaza.”

Negotiations over the deal in the Israeli cabinet lasted hours into early Wednesday Israeli time, the Associated Press reported.


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