Egypt engages with Israel and Hamas to uphold Gaza truce

Ahram Online , Friday 24 Nov 2023

Egypt communicated with Israel and Hamas to secure the 4-day humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, after Israel opened fire near the Indonesian hospital, informed sources told Al-Qahera News TV Channel on Friday.

Israeli armor drives near Salah al-Din road in central Gaza Strip on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, as the temporary ceasefire went into effect. AP


The ceasefire commenced at 7am local time (0500 GMT) on Friday and will last at least four days.

The Israeli occupation army, which is converting hospitals into military facilities, entered the Indonesian hospital in the morning, killing a wounded woman, and arresting three injured individuals.

The Indonesian hospital, which accommodates over 200 patients and individuals wounded by recent Israeli airstrikes, is now under siege, as indicated by the Palestinian Health Ministry.

During the initial hours of the humanitarian ceasefire, trucks laden with fuel and two ambulances entered the Gaza Strip via the Egyptian Rafah border crossing, according to informed sources.

​Further plans include the imminent delivery of approximately 60 trucks loaded with essential humanitarian aid. These supplies are set to undergo inspection at the Nitzana crossing before entry, the sources said.

In the past hours, the sources also reported the arrival of 15 injured Palestinians, accompanied by their escorts, at the Rafah crossing.

On Wednesday, Israel and Hamas reached an agreement on a 4-day humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza through Egyptian, Qatari, and American mediation.

If this ceasefire holds, it would mark the first significant break in fighting since Israel declared war on Gaza 49 days ago.

The deal includes a mutual cessation of hostilities and the cessation of Israeli military operations in all areas of Gaza. 

Additionally, it involves the release of 50 Israeli captives, including women and children under 19, in exchange for the release of 150 Palestinian women and children under 19 from Israeli prisons, based on seniority. 

Nearly 15,000 people, 6,150 of them children, have been killed by Israel in this war.

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