Israel Denies Violations as Truce Faces Momentary Strain
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Ceasefire Crisis: Israel Denies Violations as Truce Faces Momentary Strain
New Delhi : Israeli authorities announced the release of 39 Palestinian prisoners following a four-day ceasefire, during which Hamas freed 13 Israelis and four Thai nationals. The exchange took place at the Rafah border crossing, with hostages handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross. Among the released Israelis were six women and seven children. A notable Palestinian released was Israa Jaabis, convicted in 2015 for detonating a gas cylinder. The ceasefire faced a temporary setback as Hamas accused Israel of violating the truce, but it was later reaffirmed.
The delay highlighted the fragile nature of the truce, with Israel considering resuming its campaign against Hamas. Despite initial optimism for an extended ceasefire, the situation remains tense. Israel had proposed extending the truce in exchange for more hostage releases, but the delay in the second hostage transfer raised concerns.
The truce agreement involves the exchange of 50 hostages for 150 Palestinian prisoners over four days. The initial attack by Hamas on October 7 led to the kidnapping of around 240 people, and dozens of children are still believed to be held.
The delay in the hostage release was attributed to allegations of Israel violating aid and military terms of the deal. Israel denied the accusations. Egypt and Qatar played crucial roles in resolving the delay and ensuring the ceasefire’s continuation. Inside Gaza, the population, already suffering from weeks of intense bombardment and a blockade, expressed hope for a lasting truce. Demonstrations in various cities, including London, called for a permanent ceasefire.