Progress on pauses
In a big development overnight, Israel has agreed to put in place 4-hour daily humanitarian pauses, according to the White House. With no hope of Israel discussing a ceasefire until the 239 hostages taken on 7 October are released, the Americans said the move was a “significant first step” that would start today. As Israel continues to focus its military efforts on removing the Hamas terror group from the north of the Palestinian territory, reports say there have been short-term pauses this week as thousands of locals flee the area, and what this announcement does is formalise and expand the process. President Joe Biden had pressed the Israelis for a multi-day stoppage in the fighting in a bid to release hostages held by the militant group as talks facilitated by Qatar continue.
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