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The truce between Israel and Hamas is extended for the first time on Tuesday with the planned release of other Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners.

Entering into force on Friday, the agreement negotiated under the aegis of Qatar, with the support of Egypt and the United States, has so far enabled the release of 50 hostages held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip and 150 Palestinians imprisoned in Israel. Some 19 other hostages, largely foreign workers, were released by Hamas, but outside the framework of this agreement.

A few hours before the end of this truce, the United States and Qatar announced its extension for two days, from Tuesday 5:00 GMT to Thursday 5:00 GMT, which should allow the release of approximately 20 hostages and 60 additional prisoners .

The Palestinian and Israeli parties reached an agreement to extend the humanitarian pause in Gaza for two more days and under the same conditions, i.e. a ratio of one hostage released for three prisoners, the spokesperson said in a statement. of Qatari diplomacy Majed Bin Mohammed Al-Ansari.

Early Tuesday, the Israeli government received the list of ten hostages to be released during the day without However, reveal their names, according to Israeli media.

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During the night, eleven Israeli hostages were freed from the gang from Gaza, including three with dual French nationality – Erez and Sahar Kalderon, 12 and 16 years old, and Eitan Yahalomi.

French President Emmanuel Macron said he was extremely happy with these releases. Immense joy, but incomplete, because the father of Erez and Sahar remains in the hands of Hamas and the hostages in Gaza, the Kalderon family's lawyers commented to AFP.

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An Israeli father was able to hug his 10- and 4-year-old children after they were detained by Hamas. (File photo)

Shortly after, Israel released 33 Palestinians from its prisons, including Mohamed Abu al-Humus. I can't describe what I feel. It's an indescribable joy, he said as he returned home to East Jerusalem, where he hugged his mother and kissed her on the hand, according to an AFP team on the spot. It's the best feeling in the world to have all your children around you, by your side, she reacted.

But in Beitunia, in the occupied West Bank, where freed prisoners arrived in a white bus, the celebrations were short-lived: a young Palestinian, whose identity has not been confirmed, was killed by bullet during violent clashes on site with nearby Israeli forces, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

Shortly before the renewal of the truce, the Israeli Prime Minister's office approved the inclusion of 50 prisoners, including Ahed Tamimi, a young icon of the Palestinian cause arrested in early November, in the list of Palestinians likely to be released.

The mediators and the United States are working behind the scenes to further extend the truce beyond Thursday in order to allow increase releases and aid to the Gaza Strip.

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The young Palestinian detainee Mohamed Abou Al-Humus kisses his mother's hand after being reunited with his family. He is one of 33 detainees released on Monday.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will once again travel to Israel and the occupied West Bank by the end of the week, to meet respectively with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas.

During his meetings in the Middle East, he will emphasize the need to continue providing humanitarian aid to Gaza, to ensure the release of all hostages and improve protection of civilians in Gaza, a US official said.

On the Israeli side, the army and the government, under pressure from civil society to release other hostages, have reiterated in recent days their intention to eventually resume fighting in order to destroy Hamas, to curb any threat coming from the Gaza Strip and to impose a balance of power favorable to the release of certain hostages.

The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also agreed overnight on a war extension of 30.3 billion shekels (11.13 billion Canadian dollars). p>Open in full screen mode

An Israeli soldier near the Gaza border on November 17, 2023 in southern Israel.

The extension of the truce should at the same time allow for x27;entry of new trucks loaded with humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip, besieged and devastated by seven weeks of Israeli bombing in retaliation for the bloody attack launched by Hamas against Israel on October 7.

The humanitarian situation in Gaza remains catastrophic and requires urgent additional assistance in a fluid, predictable and continuous manner to alleviate the unbearable suffering of Palestinians in Gaza, the 27 said overnight. ;UN envoy for the Middle East, Tor Wennesland.

More than half of the homes in the small Palestinian territory have been damaged or destroyed, according to the UN, and 1.7 million of the 2.4 million inhabitants have been displaced since the start of the war triggered by the October 7 attack carried out by the Palestinian Islamist movement.

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According to the Israeli authorities, 1,200 people, the vast majority civilians, were killed in this unprecedented attack in the history of Israel. And around 240 people were taken hostage by Hamas, according to the army.

In retaliation, Israel promised to annihilate Hamas, classified as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Israel, relentlessly bombed the Palestinian territory and launched a ground offensive on October 27, until the truce.

In the Gaza Strip, 14,854 people, including 6,150 under the age of 18, were killed by Israeli strikes, according to the Hamas government.

If the truce offers respite to the population, the needs are unprecedented in the territory, where 200 trucks per day for at least two months would be necessary, according to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (URNWA).

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A young Palestinian among the ruins in Gaza.

We are suffering, because we have no food, no water, they are not giving us any help. Our five children don't have diapers either, lamented Fouad Hara, a Palestinian from Gaza City, displaced by the fighting in the south of the territory.

The French helicopter carrier Dixmude, configured to offer hospital support to the wounded in the Gaza Strip, arrived Monday in the Egyptian port of Al-Arich, according to a port source at AFP.

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