Israel and Palestinian terror group Hamas agree to extend pause in fighting by another day

Israel and Hamas have agreed to extend the ceasefire in their war by at least one more day, minutes before the six-day truce was due to expire. Israel's military said in a statement that the truce will continue as mediators sought to release more hostages held in Gaza in exchange for Palestinian prisoners. The truce, extended from its initial four days, has brought the first respite in the bombardment of Gaza with much of the coastal territory of 2.3 million having been reduced to wasteland in response to a deadly rampage by Hamas militants into southern Israel on 7th October.

In light of the mediators' efforts to continue the process of releasing the hostages and subject to the terms of the framework, the operational pause will continue, said the Israeli statement, released minutes before the temporary truce was due to expire. Hamas, which freed 16 hostages in exchange for 30 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday, said in a statement that the truce would continue for a seventh day.

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