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Israel-Hamas extend cease-fire by 2 days to release more hostages

Nov 27, 2023

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Israel and Hamas agreed Monday, Nov. 27, to extend their cease-fire in order to release hostages for another two days. White House National Security spokesperson John Kirby made the announced the fighting will pause until at least Thursday morning.

“This humanitarian pause has already brought a halt to the fighting together with the surge in humanitarian assistance,” Kirby said during a briefing Monday. “Now, in order to continue the pause, Hamas has committed to releasing another 20 women and children over the next two days. We would, of course, hope to see the pause extended further, and that will depend upon on Hamas continuing to release hostages.”

Israel had previously agreed the truce would be extended by one day for every 10 additional hostages that Hamas agrees to release.

Despite the current cease-fire, the Israel Defense Forces repeatedly committed to eliminating Hamas and ending the terror group’s rule over Gaza.

“With regard to the hostages, we are continuing with the outline as agreed and we are also continuing with the main goal we said — to bring about the release of our hostages, to complete the elimination of Hamas and, of course, also to ensure that this threat will not repeat itself in Gaza, no matter what it was, and there will be no regime that encourages terrorism, educates for terrorism and pays for terrorism,” Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Since the cease-fire began, 58 hostages have been released by Hamas in exchange for more than 100 Palestinian prisoners who were being held in Israel. One Israeli American, a 4-year-old girl named Avigail Idan, was released by Hamas over the weekend.

It’s suspected that there’s potentially eight to nine American hostages that are being held by Hamas somewhere in Gaza.

White House leaders stated their commitment to assisting in the safe return of all hostages.

“We are going to keep working for an extension to pause again,” Kirby said. “Absolutely, that’s what we want. We want to see all the hostages out, and this is the best way to get them out.”

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Lauren Taylor

Two more days. Israel and Hamas agreed Monday to extend their cease-fire to release hostages for another two days. White House National Security spokesperson John Kirby made the announcement Monday. Kirby says the fighting will pause until at least Thursday morning Israeli time.

John Kirby | White House National Security Spokesperson:
“This humanitarian pause has already brought a halt to the fighting together with the surge in humanitarian assistance. Now, in order to continue the pause, Hamas has committed to releasing another 20 women and children over the next two days. We would, of course, hope to see the pause extended further, and that will depend upon on Hamas continuing to release hostages.”

Lauren Taylor

Israel had previously agreed the truce would be extended by one day for every ten additional hostages that Hamas agrees to release. Despite the current cease-fire, the Israeli Defense Forces have repeatedly explained they are committed to eliminating Hamas and ending the terror group’s rule over Gaza.

Benjamin Netanyahu | Israeli Prime Minister:
“With regard to the hostages, we are continuing with the outline as agreed and we are also continuing with the main goal we said – to bring about the release of our hostages, to complete the elimination of Hamas and, of course, also to ensure that this threat will not repeat itself in Gaza, no matter what it was, and there will be no regime that encourages terrorism, educates for terrorism, and pays for terrorism.”

Lauren Taylor

So far, 58 Israeli hostages have been released by Hamas since the cease-fire began, in exchange for more than a hundred Palestinian prisoners who were being held in Israel. One Israeli-American, a little 4-year-old girl named Abigail, was released over the weekend. Right now, it’s believed nearly 180 hostages, 8 to 9 of those being American, are still being held by Hamas somewhere in Gaza.

Leaders in the White House say they’re committed to helping bring home all the hostages.

John Kirby | White House National Security Spokesperson:
“We are going to keep working for an extension to pause again. Absolutely, that’s what we want. We want to see all the hostages out, and this is the best way to get them out.”