20:00 International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan visited Israel "at the request and invitation" of the survivors and families of the victims of Hamas's October 7 attacks, the ICC said on Thursday.
"The visit, while not investigative in nature, represents an important opportunity to express sympathy for all victims and engage in dialogue," the court wrote on X, formerly Twitter.
Khan is also due to travel to Ramallah in the occupied West Bank where he will meet with senior Palestinian officials, the ICC said.
Opening its doors in 2002, the ICC is the world's only independent court set up to probe the gravest offences, including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
It opened an investigation into Israel as well as Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups for possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories in 2021.
Khan has previously said this investigation now "extends to the escalation of hostilities and violence since the attacks that took place on October, 2023".
But ICC teams have not been able to enter Gaza or investigate in Israel, which is not an ICC member.
Legal experts have told AFP that Hamas and Israel could face war crimes charges over the conflict.
Five countries in mid-November called for an ICC investigation into the Israel-Hamas war, with Khan saying his team had collected a "significant volume" of evidence on "relevant incidents".
19:00 Israeli President Isaac Herzog met his Emirati counterpart on the sidelines of UN climate talks on Thursday as part of a diplomatic push to release hostages held by Hamas.
Herzog's visit to the United Arab Emirates comes nearly eight weeks into the Israeli war on Gaza and coincides with a day-long extension to a truce that has seen Israeli captives freed in exchange for the release of Palestinian prisoners.
During his meeting with UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Herzog underlined "the necessity to act in any way possible to free the Israeli hostages held captive by the murderous terrorist organisation Hamas," a statement from his office said.
He "appealed" to his Emirati counterpart "to employ his full political weight to promote and speed up the return home of the hostages," the statement said.
In a separate statement on X, formerly Twitter, Herzog said he would hold "a series of diplomatic meetings" in Dubai to push for the release of captives.
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas is also attending the COP28 climate conference.
More than 140 heads of state and government are due to address COP28 on Friday and Saturday, including Herzog and Abbas, who are both scheduled to make speeches lasting three minutes on Friday.
"In my meetings with world leaders, I intend to raise the firm demand for the immediate and unconditional release of all the hostages held by Hamas in Gaza," Herzog said.
"In addition, I will detail and emphasise efforts to provide more and more humanitarian aid to the civilians of Gaza," he added.
Since the truce began on November 24, 70 Israeli captives have been freed in return for 210 Palestinian prisoners.
Around 30 foreigners, most of them Thais living in Israel, have been freed outside the terms of the deal.
Israel has made clear it sees the truce as a temporary halt intended to free hostages, but there are growing calls for a more sustained pause in the war.
15:30 Hamas claimed responsibility for a shooting attack in Jerusalem that killed three people on Thursday.
In a statement issued hours later, Hamas called the attack "a natural response to the unprecedented crimes of the occupier in the Gaza Strip and against children in Jenin", in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Hamas identified the attackers as brothers Murad Nemr, 38, and Ibrahim Nemr, 30, saying they were members of its armed wing based in east Jerusalem.
Police said the attackers had been jailed by Israel in the past.
15:00 Egypt and Qatar are working to extend the humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza for two more days after managing to extend it for one day, Diaa Rashwan, head of Egypt’s State Information Service, told the media.
An agreement was reached to release 10 Israeli captives in Gaza and 30 Palestinian detainees from Israeli prisons later Thursday, he added. Humanitarian aid continues to flow to the northern and southern parts of the Gaza Strip in the same quantities agreed upon during the previous six days of the ceasefire.
Intensive Egypt-Qatar efforts have succeeded in eliminating several obstacles that hindered the implementation of the ceasefire agreement today, he noted.
Rashwan affirmed that Egypt is closely monitoring the implementation of the humanitarian ceasefire on Thursday, adding that it has urged both parties to adhere to the agreed terms.
Egypt will continue to exert its utmost to ensure the flow of humanitarian aid to the northern and southern parts of Gaza, he said.
14:00 A Hamas source told AFP that 10 Israeli hostages would be released from the Gaza Strip on Thursday, two of them also holding Russian citizenship, as part of a one-day truce extension.
"All of them are alive," the source said. "Israel last night refused a list Hamas proposed that included three Israeli bodies."
"The negotiations were very difficult and lasted all night, right up to a few minutes before 7:00 am this morning (0500 GMT)," the source said.
The truce, which was to expire at that time, has since Friday paused fighting in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas and seen Israeli hostages released in exchange for three times as many Palestinian prisoners.
"At their conclusion, it was decided to extend the truce in the Gaza Strip by one day," the source said.
13:00 Israel and the US are mulling the potential expulsion of numerous lower-ranking members of the Palestinian group Hamas after the end of the ongoing war, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported.
The goal is to eliminate Hamas from the Gaza Strip, drawing parallels to the past deportation of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) members, including leader Yasser Arafat, from Lebanon to Tunisia.
According to the WSJ, there is no detailed plan for executing this expulsion. The report suggests that the idea may face challenges, with an analyst deeming it "unrealistic." Additionally, it has acknowledged that Hamas members would likely resist such expulsion.
The report, citing unnamed senior Israeli and US officials, mentions an alternative proposal put forward by the Israeli army – the creation of a "Gaza Restoration Authority." This entity would be supported by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, tasked with rebuilding Gaza without the presence of Hamas.
However, significant obstacles to this plan include disagreements between Israel and the US on whether the Palestinian Authority (PA) would be involved in the solution, as Israel insists that the PA cannot have a governing role in the Gaza Strip.
Moreover, the endorsement of this solution by Riyadh and Abu Dhabi is deemed necessary for its success.
11:30 Despite its prohibition in the truce terms, Palestinian journalists document the flight of an Israeli warplane morning in the southern skies of the Gaza Strip, according to Al-Jazeera.
On Wednesday, Israel and Hamas declared the extension of the six-day-old ceasefire in the Gaza conflict for an additional day following marathon talks with mediators in Doha.
11:00 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a visit to Israel that the truce between Israel and Hamas was "producing results" and should continue.
"We have seen over the last week the very positive development of hostages coming home, being reunited with their families," Blinken said at a meeting with Israeli President Isaac Herzog in Tel Aviv.
"It's also enabled an increase in humanitarian assistance to go to innocent civilians in Gaza who need it desperately.
"So this process is producing results. It's important, and we hope that it can continue."
Blinken, in the region for a third time since the war began, is also expected to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Ramallah.
Before he arrived, Blinken said his trip would focus on extending the truce to ensuring the release of more hostages and the continued delivery of aid into the Gaza Strip.
9:30 Three people were killed and 6 wounded by two Palestinian attackers in a shooting in Jerusalem early Thursday, Israeli media reported.
Police said the two suspects "implicated in the shootings were neutralised on the spot" after the attack near a bus stop on the western side of Jerusalem, where there are no checkpoints guarding entrance to the city.
The Magen David Adom emergency service said one of the victims was a 24-year-old woman.
The attack came shortly after a truce between Hamas and Israel was extended for a seventh day, moments before it was due to expire.
9:00 The Israeli government said it received a new list of women and children captives in Gaza to be released by Hamas.
"A short time ago, Israel was given a list of women and children in accordance with the terms of the agreement, and therefore the truce will continue," said the statement from the Israeli Prime Minister's Office, without specifying the number of captives to be released.
08:00 Israeli media reported that six Israelis were injured in a shooting by a gunman at a bus stop in the settlement of Ramot, one of east Jerusalem's so-called "Ring Settlements".
Israeli media said the assailant was neutralized by Israeli police.
Video footage showed Israelis running from the scene of the reported attack.
The Star of David, Israel's ambulance services, said some of those injured in the incident were in critical condition.
The incident in Ramot comes after a series of fierce Israeli raids throughout Wednesday on various towns in the occupied West Bank, including Beitinuia, Jenin, and Tolkaram, left several Palestinian youths killed.
Earlier on Wednesday, Israeli snipers killed two Palestinian boys - aged 8 and 15 - in cold blood as they played on the street in an Israeli Off Limits area in Jenin per arrangements with the Palestinian Authority.
Later, the Israeli army announced the killing of two members of the Jenin Brigade by "blowing their homes on their heads."
This raised the number of Palestinians killed in the Israeli deadly crackdown in the West Bank since 7 October to over 255.
07:30 As the sun rose over Gaza on Thursday morning, millions of Palestinians across the devastated strip - in Khan Younis, Rafah, Deir Al-Balah, and Gaza City - rushed to markets in their quest to secure water and food for their loved ones as they persevered for one more day to stay alive on their land without Israeli airstrikes and bombardment.
The new extension in the truce for one more day means that Israel would be required to allow for the entry of 200 more trucks of humanitarian aid carrying water, food, and some fuel - to the strip through the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza.
07:10 The Spokesperson of the Qatari Foreign Ministry Majid Al-Ansari confirmed that the Israel-Hamas truce has been extended for one more day.
The agreement between the Israeli and the Palestinian sides allows for more swaps in Israeli captives and Palestinian prisoners as well as the entry of more humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, according to Al-Ansari.
The extension in the six-day-old truce comes at the end of marathon mediation efforts in Doha between Israel and Hamas, which were spearheaded by Qatar, Egypt, and the United States.
According to various sources, Hamas would be responsible for the release of ten more Israeli women and children captives - regardless of which Palestinian faction is currently holding them - in return for the release of 30 more Palestinian political prisoners.
07:00 Hamas announced that the truce with Israel in the war in Gaza was extended for one more day.
06:50 The spokesperson for the Israeli army announced that Israel has accepted the extension of the humanitarian truce in the Gaza war "in light of the efforts exerted by the mediators for the continuation of the release of hostages."
The Israeli announcement came ten minutes before the two-day extension in the truce between Israel and Hamas was set to expire.
06:20 Hamas issued a statement on Thursday morning saying Israel has refused an offer to release seven Israeli women and children captives and three bodies of women and children killed by the Israeli bombardment of Gaza - in return for the extension of the truce deal, according to Al Jazeera.
Earlier, according to the Israeli army radio, the Israeli war cabinet insisted Hamas release 10 living captives as a condition for agreeing to an extension of the truce deal.
However, Hamas insisted it holds only seven living Israeli women and children captives whom it could release to Israel, according to Al Jazeera.
As the truce deal nears its end at 7 am, Hamas said its Qassam fighters are ready if the Israeli side decides to resume its war on the Gaza Strip, according to Al Jazeera.
Earlier in the evening, the spokesperson for the Qatari foreign ministry, told CNN that mediators are optimistic that the 6-day truce deal between Israel and Hamas, set to expire at 6 in the morning on Thursday, would be extended.
Throughout the day on Wednesday, Arab diplomats called for the end of the Israeli war on Gaza and an extension of the humanitarian ceasefire to rescue 2.4 million Palestinians in the strip from a catastrophic situation.
Speaking in New York, Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry demanded an end to the Israeli war on Gaza and called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to accept Palestine's membership in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) within its authority.
Antonio Guterres, the secretary-general of the UN, issued an appeal for an extension in the ceasefire.
In a speech marking the International Day for Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Guterres called for the right of the Palestinians to live in peace without occupation or blockades.
The head of UNICEF issued an appeal for the extension of the truce between Israel and Hamas.
The head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said in a statement that a ceasefire in the Gaza war was possible but those with influence were not doing enough to secure it, expressing concern at Gaza's crippled health system.
Pro-Palestine supporters gather for a rally at near the Rockefeller tree lighting on November 29, 2023 in New York City. AFP
05:30 Israeli army radio said the Israeli war cabinet ended an overnight meeting without issuing a decision on whether Tel Aviv would agree to extend the current truce with Hamas.
According to the radio, the Israeli war cabinet said Hamas has refused to meet an Israeli demand it release 10 living Israeli captives in return for extending the truce deal.
The radio said that a smaller Israeli war security group would meet soon and could make a decision on the matter.
04:30 In a phone call to Al Jazeera, Mounir Al-Bursh, the director-general of hospitals in the Gaza Strip, said Israel is preventing the entry of fuel to the north of the strip as required by the truce deal thus preventing hospitals that remain in service such as Kamal Edwan and Al-Awda from saving lives.
"The hospitals in Gaza are failing to perform life-saving dialysis to our kidney patients," Al-Bursh said.
04:00 Majid Al-Ansari, the spokesperson for the Qatari foreign ministry, told CNN that mediators are optimistic that the 6-day truce deal between Israel and Hamas, set to expire at 7 in the morning on Thursday, would be extended.
Al-Ansari said the ongoing talks in Doha are focused on the priority of the release of more Israeli civilian captives in return for the release of Palestinian prisoners before moving to discussions on the release of Israeli military captives.
Qatari, Egyptian, and US mediators have been working round-the-clock to extend the truce deal between Israel and Hamas.
02:00 In the wee hours of Thursday morning, Israel released 30 Palestinian prisoners in its jails - 14 women and 16 minors - as their loved ones anxiously waited for hours.
This completed the terms in the captives-for-prisoners swap between Israel and Hamas under the 4-day truce and 2-day extended truce deals between the two sides that were mediated by Egypt, Qatar, and the US.
All those released from Israeli jails hail from the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem.
This came less than four hours before the two-day extension in the truce between Israel and Hamas is set to expire.
A number of freed women and minors recounted various stories of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Israeli prison guards during their detention.
"The soldiers would enter our cells with their guns and beat us up," a freed Palestinian boy, who hails from Hebron in the occupied West Bank, told Al Jazeera shortly after arriving in Ramallah.
Rouqaya, a Palestinian girl who was freed from Damon military prison, said she witnessed women prisoners repeatedly strip-searched and beaten up by Israeli prison guards.
Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi (R) is greeted by her mother during a welcome ceremony following the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails in exchange for Israeli captives held in Gaza by Hamas since 7 October, in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank early on November 30, 2023. AP
Another freed Palestinian woman, Lana, who was released from the Damon military prison, said Israeli interrogation officers regularly threatened to "violate her personally and to burn her children alive in her home."
Lana also said she knew of at least 10 Palestinian women who were kidnapped by Israeli soldiers from the north of Gaza and sent to Israeli jails.
Shortly after her release, Um 3ssef Al-Barghouthi, a 65-year-old woman who is known among Palestinians as the 'Mother of Captives and Martyrs' who has a martyred son and two other sons in Israeli jails, spoke to reporters on her ordeal in prison.
Um 3ssef Al-Barghouthi - The mother of All Captives and Martyrs - free! AP
Earlier, Al Jazeera spoke to Iqbal Al-Barghouthi, Um 3ssef's daughter, who was getting readied to welcome her mother out of Israeli jails.
Iqbal recounted the physical and psychological abuse that her mother was subjected to in her Israeli jail.
01:45 Hamas released an exclusive video which was aired by Al Jazeera showing its Qassam fighters and Saraya Al-Quds fighters delivering 10 Israeli captives to the International Red Cross earlier on Wednesday evening.
In the video, a freed Israeli woman is seen high-fiving one of the Hamas fighters who escorted her to the Red Cross van which would transport her and the others back to Israel.
"Bye-bye! Shukran! Bye bye! We go home now!" the freed Israeli woman said as she smiled and waved goodbye to the fighters.
Also visibly happy, speaking in Arabic, another freed Israeli female teen says 'Ma3-salama' to the Palestinian fighters before her van took off to go home.
01:30 In east Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers were caught on camera brutalizing relatives and friends of one of the minors among 30 Palestinian prisoners who are yet to be released from Israeli jails on Wednesday evening under the current truce deal.
Simultaneously, the Israeli army raided Beitunia near Ramallah in the West Bank, killing a Palestinian teen.
The Israeli army also killed two Palestinian men during an intense raid of the Jenin refugee camp on Wednesday.
The army said it killed two members of the Jenin Brigade, an armed resistance group in the refugee camp, by blowing them up in their homes.
00:50 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has landed in Tel Aviv for two rounds of talks - with Israeli PM Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas - to discuss extending the humanitarian truce between Israel and Hamas.
It is Blinken's third trip to Israel since the start of its war on Gaza on 7 October.
The Palestinian side waits for Israel to release 30 Palestinian prisoners, 14 women and 16 minors, in order to fulfill its part in the last day of the extended truce deal agreed upon on Monday.
Earlier in the evening, as negotiations for an extension of the six-old truce between Israel and Hamas continued in Doha - under Egyptian, Qatari, and American mediation, the office of Israeli PM Netanyahu said "Israel will push for all children and civilian women hostages to be released as part of the current ceasefire deal with Hamas before broadening negotiations to free adult male and soldier hostages."
Wednesday 29 November 2023
23:45 Israel Channel 12 said Israel will release the sixth group of Palestinian prisoners as per the truce agreement on Wednesday evening.
Channel 12 also announced that the Israeli war cabinet will hold a meeting shortly to decide on proposals to extend the truce by two more days.
Throughout Wednesday, Egyptian and Qatari mediators worked behind the scenes in search of ways to extend the truce between Hamas and Israel.
23:00 Hamas handed a new group of 10 Israeli captives, including five women and five minors, to the International Red Cross in Khan Younis in the south of the Gaza Strip.
It was the sixth group of Israeli captives in as many days under the Hamas-Israel truce agreement that was signed last Wednesday and extended on Monday.
Those released included dual nationals - one Dutch, three Germans, and one American.
Separately, Hamas released four more Thai workers who were captured on 7 October.
A Red Cross convoy carrying Israeli Captives heads to Egypt from the Gaza Strip in Rafah during a temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023. AP
21:00 Egypt and Qatar are jointly working on extending the temporary humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry said on Wednesday.
Shoukry made his remarks during a consultation meeting between the Arab-Islamic Ministerial Committee, of which he is a member, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is also currently chairs the United Nations Security Council.
Shoukry expressed his gratitude for China's support of the Arab and Islamic efforts to achieve a permanent and unconditional ceasefire in Gaza.
20:30 Hamas has released two Russian foreign nationals per a request from Moscow.
Children stand alongside fighters from the Al-Qassam Brigades in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on November 29, 2023. AP
An image grab from a handout video released by the Hamas Media Office shows Hamas fighters handing over newly released Russian captives to the Red Cross, in the Gaza Strip on November 29, 2023. AFP
19:45 Egyptian singers Wael El-Fashny, Aly Alalfy, Noha Hafez, and Hadeer El-Sherif, and numerous child singers, join hands in Where Is Peace — a newly released song in support of the people of Gaza.
19:30 Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population has launched an initiative to treat 1,000 children wounded in Israel's attack on the Gaza Strip in cooperation with Terous Misr Foundation for Development, an NGO, and Nestlé Egypt, a private bottled water brand.
The move demonstrates cooperation and integration between the Egyptian government, civil society organizations, and the private sector, the health ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
The initiative aims to support the treatment of those injured in Gaza, especially children, Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar, the spokesperson for the health ministry said.
The initiative will cover medical needs, treatment protocols, and surgeries, Abdel-Ghaffar added.
Egypt has already received 575 injured Palestinians from Gaza for treatment; the majority of whom are children while the rest are women.
Egypt is also providing care to 28 Palestinian premature babies who were evacuated from Al-Shifa Medical Complex in Gaza City after it was bombarded and then ransacked by the Israeli army.
19:00 Israeli army sniper kills 8-year-old and teen Palestinian boys playing on street in Jenin in cold blood.
The Palestinian health ministry said in a statement that Adam Al-Ghul, eight years old, and Bassem Abu Al-Wafa, 15 years old, were killed by bullets from the Israeli snipers in Jenin in the occupied West Bank.
CCTV footage circulating online and on television news shows a boy being struck by a bullet from a long distance and falling in the street, sending other children fleeing.
Other images show a teenager also being hit by a bullet and falling, then appearing to call for help as more shots hit the ground around him and other people run for cover.
The teenager can be seen writhing in agony on the ground for at least half a minute.
18:00 Palestinians in Gaza are "in the midst of an epic humanitarian catastrophe before the eyes of the world," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday while calling for an expansion of the current pause in the Israel-Hamas conflict.
"Intense negotiations are taking place to prolong the truce -- which we strongly welcome -- but we believe we need a true humanitarian ceasefire," he said at a United Nations Security Council meeting.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki told the meeting that the Palestinian people "are faced with an existential threat" amid the conflict.
"We are owed respect to our inherent dignity... Israel has no right to self-defence against a people that it occupies," he said.
Palestinians cook bread by their destroyed homes in Kuza a Gaza Strip during the temporary ceasefire between Hamas and Israel on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023. AP
17:00 Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Ahmed Aboul-Gheit delivered a resounding call for a resolute international response to thwart Israeli plans to torpedo the two-state solution and bring an end to the aggression against Gaza.
Speaking on International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Aboul-Gheit urged the global community to adopt a genuine and committed stance against the Israeli occupation.
The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People commemorates the infamous 29 November 1947 UN Resolution 181, which partitioned Palestine to allow for the creation of a Jewish state on the historic land of Palestine against the will of the majority native Palestinian population
16:00 Chairman of Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS) Diaa Rashwan said Wednesday that 239 planes laden with aid for Gaza have been received at Egypt’s El-Arish Airport In North Sinai since 21 October, stressing that Egypt continues to deliver humanitarian aid through the Rafah border crossing.
15:00 An Israeli government spokesman said that Israel has prepared a list of 50 Palestinian prisoners for the next batch of captive-prisoner swap, as the truce entered its final day.
He added that 86 captives have been released so far, including 66 Israelis.
14:05 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he would work to prolong a pause in the fighting in Gaza on an upcoming visit to Israel.
"Looking at the next couple of days, we'll be focused on doing what we can to extend the pause so that we continue to get more captives out and more humanitarian assistance in," Blinken said after a NATO meeting in Brussels.
13:55 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is calling for an international conference to resolve the Mideast conflict.
He said Wednesday that the Palestinians are ready to work with the international community on a “serious political process” that leads to an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza, and east Jerusalem, territories Israel seized in the 1967 Mideast war.
He also again called for a halt to the war in Gaza.
The Palestinian Authority administers parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
The US has said a “revitalized” Palestinian Authority should govern Gaza and the West Bank as part of an eventual two-state solution to the decades-old conflict.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected that idea, and his government is strongly opposed to Palestinian statehood.
The last serious Israeli-Palestinian peace talks broke down more than a decade ago.
13:16 A senior Hamas official said "several" Russian captives would be released Wednesday from the Gaza Strip, with the fighting paused by a humanitarian truce.
The agreement only covers women and children, and Hamas official Mussa Abu Marzuq posted on X, formerly Twitter, that only one man, a Russian-Israeli dual citizen, had been freed so far. "Today, several others will be released separately from the truce agreement in appreciation for the stance of President Putin," he wrote.
13:00 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "the butcher of Gaza" and accused him of spawning anti-Semitism across the world.
"Netanyahu has already written his name in history as the butcher of Gaza," Erdogan said in nationally televised remarks.
"Netanyahu is endangering the security of all Jews in the world by supporting anti-Semitism with the murders he committed in Gaza."
12:10 The head of the World Health Organization warned on Wednesday that more people in the Gaza Strip could die from disease than from bombing.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s director-general, said there is a heightened risk of disease outbreaks because of overcrowded shelters and a lack of food, water, sanitation and medication.
He said 111,000 people are suffering from respiratory infections and 75,000 others from diarrhea, more than half of them under age 5.
“Given the living conditions and lack of health care, more people could die from disease than bombings,” he said, calling for a sustained cease-fire. “It’s a matter of life or death for civilians.”
The war has displaced up to 1.8 million people, or about 80% of Gaza's population, according to U.N. figures.
10: 00 Hamas leader Osama Hamdan said that negotiating on the Israeli military captives' release will depend on stopping the war, adding that the conditions for the release of those captives will be completely different.
Hamdan told Al Arabiya that extending the current truce for additional days is a possibility, noting that negotiations include how to end the war and lift the siege on Gaza.
A source close to Hamas said the movement is willing to extend the Gaza truce by an additional four days.
"Hamas has informed the mediators that it is willing to extend the truce for four days and that the movement would be able to release Israeli captives that it, other resistance movements, and other parties hold during this period, according to the terms of the existing truce," the source told AFP.
09:15 In a breach of the truce, Israeli navy boats fired a number of missiles at the coast of Khan Yunis, Al-Shati, and Sheikh Radwan in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian media reported.
Reports also said that Israeli armoured vehicles stationed east of Beit Hanoun opened fire and wounded two young Palestinians.
Two Palestinians, including a child, were injured by Israeli forces’ live bullets during a large-scale Israeli military incursion into the city of Jenin and its refugee camp, in the northern occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian news agency WAFA.
Forces also fired stun grenades and tear gas canisters toward residents and their homes across several neighbourhoods in the city, causing several people to suffocate, which necessitated their transfer to the hospital.
West of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian young man was shot and injured by Israeli fire following an Israeli army incursion into the town of Beitunia.
According to local and security sources, the occupation forces stormed the neighbourhoods near the Ofer military prison located in Beitunia, which led to the outbreak of confrontations, during which bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas were fired by the army.
09:00 The extended ceasefire between Israel and Hamas continues on its second day after the release of captives and prisoners from both sides on Tuesday.