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A fireball after an Israeli raid in Rafah near the Egyptian border.

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The Israeli government has given its green light Wednesday to an agreement aimed at obtaining the release of 50 hostages in the hands of Hamas in exchange for Palestinian prisoners and a four-day truce in the Gaza Strip, the first tangible sign of respite after weeks of war.

The government approved the outline of the first stage of a deal under which at least 50 abductees – women and children – will be released for four days during which there will be a lull in fighting, according to a government statement in Hebrew sent to AFP.

The agreement to release hostages is the right decision to take, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Tuesday evening before the start of his cabinet meeting which continued early Wednesday with this green light. p>

Around 240 people were kidnapped during the bloody attack launched on October 7 against Israel by the Islamist movement, in power in the Gaza Strip.

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Israelis demonstrate to demand the release of hostages held in the Gaza Strip, in Tel Aviv, November 21, 2023.

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Hamas, whose leader Ismaïl Haniyeh had reported progress in the talks, welcomed a humanitarian truce agreement, specifying that the provisions of this agreement were formulated in accordance with the vision of the resistance.

After statements from the Israeli government and Hamas, the authorities of Qatar, the Gulf emirate at the center of the truce talks, confirmed an agreement for a humanitarian pause in the Gaza Strip.

The start of this pause will be announced in the next 24 hours and will last four days, with the possibility of extension, the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on X, welcoming the success of its joint mediation with Egypt and the United States.

Doha has been working for weeks with Washington and Cairo to obtain the release of hostages held in Gaza in exchange for that of Palestinian prisoners and a truce in the fighting.

The United States expects more than 50 hostages to be released by Hamas in Gaza under a truce deal announced with Israel, a senior White House official said. that three American nationals were among the hostages to be released.

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US President Joe Biden declared himself extraordinarily satisfied with the agreement.

A senior Hamas official told AFP he expected a first exchange of 10 hostages for 30 prisoners to take place as early as Thursday and that this truce could be extended.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">After 50 hostages freed, the release of ten more hostages will lead to an additional day of pause in fighting, the Israeli government said.

Hamas and other armed factions must release all hostages immediately, said Omar Shakir, director of Human Rights Watch for Israel and the Palestinian Territories, saying that blocking essential aid Like hostage-taking, it was also a war crime.

This truce agreement does not mean the end of the war in the Gaza Strip, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant warned Tuesday evening, saying he wanted a full force resumption of operations after the truce in order to defeat Hamas and create the conditions necessary to bring home other hostages.

The Israeli government, Israeli army and security forces will continue the war to return all abductees, eliminate Hamas and ensure that there is no further threat to the state Israel from Gaza, the government confirmed after its vote.

We confirm that our hands will remain on the trigger and that our triumphant battalions will remain on the lookout, warned Hamas for its part.

International organizations and many foreign capitals are increasing calls for a ceasefire or truce in the face of the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the small besieged territory, where the war has destroyed entire neighborhoods, devastated the health system and resulted in massive population displacements.

A health tragedy is looming in the Gaza Strip, where water is sorely lacking and fuel shortages threaten of causing the collapse of sanitation services, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned again on Tuesday.

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Palestinians fleeing the northern Gaza Strip arrive in Khan Younes

In Israel, 1,200 people, the vast majority civilians, were killed, according to the authorities, in the Hamas attack on October 7, of a scale and violence unprecedented in Israel. ;history of the country.

In retaliation, Israel has promised to annihilate the Islamist movement and has relentlessly shelled the Gaza Strip, where its army has been leading a ground offensive against Hamas, classified as a terrorist organization by the United States, since October 27. ;European Union and Israel.

In the Palestinian territory, more than 14,000 people were killed in Israeli bombings, including more than 5,800 children, according to the Hamas government.

According to the UN, nearly 1.7 million of the 2.4 million inhabitants have been displaced by the war in the Gaza Strip, which has been under total siege since October 9 by Israel. . Humanitarian aid, the entry of which is subject to the green light from Israel, arrives in dribs and drabs via Egypt, in insufficient quantities, according to the UN.

In the Gaza Strip, where humanitarians report a sharp increase in illnesses such as diarrhea and respiratory infections, nearly 900,000 displaced people have sought refuge in overcrowded shelters run by the Gaza Strip. for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).

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A boy saves a cat from the rubble in Beit Lahia.

In Rafah, not far from the Egyptian border in the south of the Gaza Strip where many Palestinians have found refuge in extremely precarious conditions, Hamza Abdel Razeq, a resident, hopes for a truce to alleviate the suffering of the people Palestinian who endured 45 days of war, destruction and killing.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced that three doctors, including two working for its operations, were killed in a strike on al-Awda hospital in the Jabaliya camp.

According to the Hamas Ministry of Health, the Indonesian Hospital, on the edge of this camp, was still under siege on Tuesday by Israeli tanks and 50 dead were lying in front of the camp. establishment.

Hamas says Israel is waging a war on Gaza's hospitals, almost all of which in the north of the territory are no longer functioning.

Israel, which has occupied the al-Chifa hospital, the largest in the Gaza Strip, since November 15, accuses Hamas of using the hospitals as military bases, buried in particular in tunnels, and of #x27;use the civilians there as human shields, which the Palestinian movement denies.

In southern Lebanon, eight people including two journalists were killed Tuesday in Israeli strikes, reports the official Lebanese press agency.

The Israeli army reported several shots overnight from Lebanon towards northern Israel as the community international community fears an extension of the conflict in the region.

Thanks to the truce agreement in Gaza, the senior official of the House- Blanche said Washington now hoped for a complete pause in hostilities between Lebanese Hezbollah and the Israeli army on the Israel-Lebanon border.

In Iraq, an American strike killed pro-Iranian militia fighters, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, in response to an attack targeting American soldiers in the region.

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