Israel and Hamas accused each other of violating a truce deal that has brought a pause to fighting in the Gaza Strip. The cease-fire entered its fifth day Tuesday after a two-day extension was announced.
However, the Israel Defense Forces said that Hamas had detonated "explosive devices" near its troops, while the Palestinian militant group claimed that Israeli forces had exerted "field friction" in the northern Gaza Strip in violation of the deal.
The extended deal raises hopes that Palestinian militant group Hamas will release more than the 69 hostages it has so far returned out of the nearly 240 captives it has held in the Gaza Strip since their abduction during the terror attacks of Oct. 7.
Israel has previously said it would consider lengthening the humanitarian pause in fighting by one day for every 10 freed hostages, although it was unclear if these were the terms agreed in the latest extension.
Meanwhile, the first of three U.S. military flights with humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip is due to land in Egypt.
A senior White House administration official told reporters that the plane will land in North Sinai, Egypt, to provide "a series of items, medical items, food aid, winter items — given that winter is coming in Gaza."
Images show daily life of displaced Palestinians taking shelter at a UNRWA school in Rafah
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Photos document destruction of buildings built for residents of Gaza
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Israel releases 30 more Palestinian prisoners in the West Bank
Israel released 30 more Palestinian hostages in Beitunia, Ramallah, West Bank to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Nov. 28.
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Freed Israeli hostage calls for release of remaining hostages
Yocheved Lifshitz, one of the freed Israeli hostages, took part in a protest calling for the immediate release of the rest of the hostages from Hamas. Lifshitz and her husband, Oded, were taken from Kibbutz Nir Oz on Oct. 7, but only she was released to the Red Cross within Gaza and returned to Israel on on Oct. 24.
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Israel says 12 more hostages have been freed by Hamas and have arrived in Egypt
The Israeli army said Tuesday that 10 Israelis and two foreigners held hostage in Gaza have been released, arriving in Egypt on the fifth day of a temporary cease-fire.
Hamas released nine women and a 17-year-old teenager late on Tuesday evening, the Israeli army said. The hostages will be flown to hospitals in Israel, where they will be reunited with their families.
Around 30 Palestinian prisoners are expected to be released as part of the deal negotiated by Qatar, Egypt, and the United States. The original four-day ceasefire, which expired Monday, was extended for an additional two days.