It’s Official: Israeli Cabinet Approves Cease-Fire With Hamas That Includes Release of Some 50 Hostages

Families and friends of about 240 hostages held by Hamas in Gaza call for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to bring them home during a demonstration in Tel Aviv, Israel Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023. Israel's Cabinet was convening Tuesday to consider a possible deal for the release of some of the hostages held by Hamas in exchange for a temporary halt to Israel's military offensive in Gaza. Hamas captured the hostages in an Oct. 7 cross-border attack that killed at least 1,200 people and triggered an Israeli invasion of Gaza. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Cabinet has approved a cease-fire deal with the Hamas group that would bring a temporary halt to a devastating war that has stretched on for over six weeks.

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Under the deal, Hamas is to free 50 of the roughly 240 hostages it is holding in the Gaza Strip over a four-day period, the Israeli government said Wednesday. It said it would extend the lull by an additional day for every 10 hostages released.

Ahead of Wednesday morning’s Cabinet vote, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would resume its offensive against Hamas after the cease-fire expires.

It was not immediately clear when the truce would go into effect.

The government said the first hostages to be released would be women and children.

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3 months ago

It’s the right move under this circumstances, just think God forbid if any of our Loved ones is one of the hostages, we would put do anything and everything to get them back , let’s pray for the rest of the hostages to return to their families bekorevc.

3 months ago

Is there any proof that any of the hostages is alive? Or being terribly abused?