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13 hostages were released following the Israel-Hamas cease-fire

Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Leads to⁤ 13 Hostages⁢ Being ​Released

A pause in the fighting between Israel’s military⁣ and Hamas was holding through Friday morning as Israel received the first batch among 50 total hostages, according to news reports.

Israel received the initial group of 13 civilians,⁣ whom Hamas terrorists abducted during the bloody and unexpected Oct. 7 incursions into Israel,‍ the Qatari ⁣Foreign Ministry announced, according⁤ to the Wall Street Journal.

Also released were 10⁢ Thai citizens, according ​to the report.

“The Thais‍ were a surprise ‌last-minute addition and⁣ their⁢ freedom wasn’t part of the broader agreement,” the Journal​ reported.

Meanwhile, Israel ‌moved⁤ the 39 ⁢ Palestinian prisoners — 24 women and 15 teenage⁣ boys — to a single detention‍ center in preparation for their ‌release after receiving the‌ Israeli citizens back.

“The war is⁢ not over yet,” ‍Israeli military spokesman Avichay Adraee said, according to the Journal. “The humanitarian⁢ pause is temporary.”

The cease-fire ‍is the most⁢ significant diplomatic breakthrough since the outbreak of ⁣the Israel-Hamas war, although ⁤it⁤ emerged only after negotiations fraught with disagreement, tension and​ 11th-hour delays over​ details including how many hostages Hamas ‌actually has, The New York Times reported.

The remaining Israeli hostages⁣ agreed to‍ as part of the ⁣cease-fire deal are expected to be freed ‍over the next four days in exchange for 150 Palestinian prisoners, according to The Washington Post.

Aid trucks carrying fuel and supplies rolled into Gaza on⁤ Friday as⁤ well, the⁤ Post reported.

After the cease-fire, Hamas ⁢will still be in possession of scores of ‌ hostages. ‌Israel has said that ‌it will extend the cease-fire one day ‍for every⁢ 10 additional hostages released, according to the Post.

The temporary pause ⁣in fighting will allow both sides to regroup. The Israel Defense Forces warned Gaza residents “the ⁢war is not over yet” ahead of the cease-fire ‍taking effect Friday and dropped leaflets in the Khan Younis area warning Gazans not to return ⁣north, ⁤where ⁤the heaviest fighting has ‌taken place, according to the Post.

The IDF stationed troops‍ along cease-fire lines starting at 7 a.m. local time Friday, the Wall Street Journal ‌reported.

Israel promised‍ to respond to any Hamas threats even if that required breaking ​the cease-fire.

“Anyone who poses a threat to our forces will be‍ hit. The security of our forces is a top priority, that’s how we⁣ behaved and that’s how we will continue‌ to behave,” a senior ​officer in the IDF Southern Command said, according ⁤to the Times of⁢ Israel.

“We will use most of ‍the‌ time for ​the sake of readiness and planning‍ the tasks expected of us immediately after the end of the truce. We ⁢are preparing to continue ⁣attacking with all our strength immediately after the end‌ of‍ the truce,” he said.

Cease-fires in previous conflicts involving Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip have ‍sometimes collapsed, with each side accusing the other of continued rocket attacks, ‌according‌ to the Journal.

The IDF said a‍ drone attack warning‍ in Eilat turned out to ‌be a false alarm,‍ the Times of Israel reported.

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The post Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Leads to 13 Hostages Being Released appeared first on The ​Western Journal.

How has the cease-fire agreement impacted the humanitarian ⁢crisis in Gaza?

The Israeli military ⁤stated, ⁤according to the New York⁣ Times.

The release of​ the 13 hostages is a‍ significant⁣ step towards de-escalation in the‌ Israel-Hamas conflict. The ‍abduction of these civilians by Hamas terrorists on⁤ October 7th had​ heightened tensions and led ⁢to further⁤ violence. ⁢The Qatari Foreign Ministry announced that Israel has received the first batch of⁣ released hostages, with the remaining hostages expected to be freed in the next four ⁤days.

However, ⁤it is important to note that the release of hostages was not part of the ‍initial broader ‍agreement between Israel and Hamas.⁣ The ‍surprise release ​of 10 Thai citizens indicates that negotiations were ongoing ⁣and complex, with last-minute ⁣additions to ​the agreement.

On the other hand,⁢ Israel has transferred 39 Palestinian prisoners, including 24 ‍women and 15 teenage boys,‌ to a single detention center in‌ preparation for their release. This exchange of prisoners is an integral part ‍of⁤ the cease-fire agreement and demonstrates ‍the commitment of ​both sides to find a ⁢peaceful resolution.

Despite the positive developments, it is crucial to recognize that the cease-fire is temporary. Israeli military spokesman Avichay Adraee emphasized that the war ‍is not over yet. The humanitarian pause provides an opportunity for both sides to regroup ‍and reassess the situation.

The cease-fire agreement is a ⁤significant diplomatic breakthrough in the Israel-Hamas conflict. The‍ negotiations were fraught ⁤with disagreement, tension, and 11th-hour delays over various‍ details. ⁣However, ​the parties managed to reach an agreement that involves⁢ the release ⁢of hostages and Palestinian prisoners.

In addition, aid trucks carrying fuel and⁤ supplies have entered Gaza, providing much-needed relief to the‍ population. The introduction of essential‍ resources will help ease the humanitarian crisis in the ‌region.

It is important to note that Hamas still holds ⁢numerous hostages in its possession. Israel has vowed to extend the cease-fire for one day for every 10 additional hostages released. This⁢ incentivizes Hamas‌ to⁤ release more hostages and demonstrates Israel’s commitment ‌to ensuring the safety of its citizens.

The Israel Defense Forces have warned Gaza residents that the war ‌is ⁤not yet ​over. They have deployed troops along the cease-fire lines to maintain security ⁣and prevent any potential ‍threats.⁢ The IDF dropped ⁣leaflets in ‍the Khan Younis area, urging Gazans to exercise caution‌ and avoid‌ areas ​heavily affected by the conflict.

As the cease-fire allows both sides to regroup, it is crucial to monitor the ⁣situation closely. Any violation ⁤of the agreement or threat ‌to the security of the involved parties may result in a forceful response.

In conclusion, the Israel-Hamas cease-fire has resulted in the release of 13 hostages,⁤ marking a ‍significant step towards de-escalation in the ​conflict. The ongoing negotiations and complex agreements demonstrate the determination of both sides to find a peaceful resolution. The temporary pause in fighting ⁢allows for the delivery of ​aid and resources to Gaza, while also providing an opportunity for reassessment. However, it is essential ‍to remain vigilant as the war is not yet over, and any threats to security will be met with​ a swift response.

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