Hamas and Israel agreed to extend the truce for one day, but residents in the Gaza Strip remain fearful about what might happen next.
“The operational pause will continue in light of the mediators’ efforts to continue the process of releasing the hostages and subject to the terms of the framework,” the Israeli Defense Forces wrote on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. Israel also made it clear that the truce can be extended until Hamas no longer agrees to release hostages. The Israeli government emphasized that they would go back to bombarding Gaza if the militant group decided to end the releases.
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu plans to discuss the “next phase” of the war with United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, according to a social media post by Ofir Gendelman.
Gendelman is the spokesperson for Netanyahu.
PM Netanyahu said to US Secretary of State Blinken:
"I want to express our appreciation for your support from the beginning: the President, you personally, in the war of eliminating Hamas and releasing our hostages. You've been very, very helpful. We appreciate it deeply.
— Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) November 30, 2023
Blinken also said that the truce “is producing results” in releasing hostages and getting humanitarian aid into Gaza.
“I want to express our appreciation for your support from the beginning: the President, you personally, in the war of eliminating Hamas and releasing our hostages. You’ve been very, very helpful. We appreciate it deeply,” Netanyahu said, addressing Blinken before the meeting began. According to a report by CNN, several top US officials including the U.S. Ambassador to Israel Jack Lew, and the Special Envoy for Humanitarian Affairs to the Middle East David Satterfield joined Blinken at the meeting, according to the Israeli government press office.
On Tuesday, the U.S. military said it would fly three planeloads of crucial humanitarian aid to North Sinai in Egypt to be brought into Gaza to aid civilians in the region, according to senior administration officials.
Israel claims that there are now 145 hostages who were taken captive on October 7th still in Gaza. These numbers are according to Netanyahu’s office which talked to CNN Thursday.