Signing off on a new plan
As day 4 of a truce between Israel and Hamas comes to a close, a 2-day extension has been agreed to. The negotiations led to a delay in the fourth group of hostages being released by Hamas, but Mark Regev, a senior advisor to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, said the extension kicks in once they and a group of Palestinian prisoners are exchanged. And Regev says as per the deal inked last week, Hamas will release 20 extra hostages – mostly women and children. US President Joe Biden – who wants more US hostages released – has been credited for helping to broker the extension, with Regev thanking him “for putting his effort and his office behind these arrangements”. Despite that, Netanyahu said yesterday that the moment the truce falls apart, his army will “return with full force to achieve our goals: the elimination of Hamas”.
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