Qatar's foreign ministry confirmed on Monday a two-day extension of the humanitarian truce in Gaza, fostering hopes for a longer-lasting ceasefire.
The decision comes in collaboration with Hamas and Egypt, reinforcing diplomatic efforts to bring stability to the region.
The State of Qatar announces, as part of the ongoing mediation, an agreement has been reached to extend the humanitarian pause for an additional two days in the Gaza Strip.— د. ماجد محمد الأنصاري Dr. Majed Al Ansari (@majedalansari) November 27, 2023
Ghazi Hamad, a member of Hamas's political bureau, expressed optimism over the truce extension, labeling it as "good news."
Hamad urged an end to the ongoing war and aggression against the Palestinian people, emphasizing the importance of international support for a lasting ceasefire.
Qatari aid en route to Gaza
Qatar dispatched five planes carrying a total of 156 tonnes of aid, including food, medical items, and shelter supplies, to Gaza. The aid will be transferred from the Egyptian city of El-Arish to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn region.
White House supports truce extension
Meanwhile, The White House welcomes the extension of the Gaza truce and expresses hope for additional prolongation.
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby announced that, in return for the truce extension, Hamas commits to releasing 20 more women and children in the next two days.
The U.S. emphasized the importance of minimizing civilian casualties during military operations.
Hamas calls for end to Israeli occupation
Hamas's Ghazi Hamad urges the international community, including Qatar, Egypt, and Western governments, to press for an end to the Israeli occupation and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
As efforts for a ceasefire continue, Hamad emphasizes the need for global intervention to address the catastrophe facing the Palestinian people.