Israel-Gaza war live updates: Israel and Hamas agree to extend pause in fighting in Gaza, Qatar says


Israel and Hamas have agreed to extend the pause in fighting in Gaza for another day, according to mediator Qatar. Hamas freed 16 hostages and Israel released 30 imprisoned Palestinians on Wednesday. Israeli officials have maintained that any continuation will be only to allow more hostages to be exchanged for prisoners and will not lead to a more permanent cease-fire. Ahead of the Thursday morning deadline, Hamas’s military wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, had told its fighters, in a Telegram post, to be ready to resume battle if the pause was not extended.

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