GlobalTHE LATEST: The latest news on the war between Israel and Hamas

THE LATEST: The latest news on the war between Israel and Hamas

The four-day ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza began on Friday. The agreement, in which Qatar acted as one of the mediators, includes the release of dozens of hostages captured by insurgents and Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, which will occur later in the day.

The diplomatic breakthrough promised some relief for the more than 2.3 million Palestinians in the besieged enclave, who have endured Israeli bombardment for weeks, as well as for Israeli families who fear for their loved ones captured during the Hamas incursion into southern Israel on October 7, which triggered the war.

More than 13,300 Palestinians have died in the war, according to the Strip’s Hamas-controlled Health Ministry. Officials resumed counting the victims on Thursday after suspending it on November 11, saying they did not have the capacity to collect data due to the collapse of the health system in the north.

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stated that he will continue with the war once the truce ends. Some 1,200 people have been killed in Israel, most of them civilians killed in the initial Hamas raid.

Below are the most relevant events of the war in Gaza:

ISRAELI ARMY SAYS TO HAVE DESTROYED TUNNELS UNDER SHIFA HOSPITAL

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military said Friday that it destroyed sections of tunnels and a series of ducts in the area of ​​Shifa hospital, the largest in Gaza.

Israel on Wednesday showed off a tunnel and rooms that military officials said were a major Hamas hideout under Shifa. Hamas and hospital staff deny Israeli accusations that the facility was being used as an insurgent command center.

Army spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said Thursday that Israel had mapped the hospital and planned to destroy all “terrorist infrastructure” found.

Separately, the military said it continued attacking targets overnight before the start of a four-day ceasefire early Friday morning and claimed it had “completed its operational preparations in accordance with the combat guidelines of the pause”.

ISRAEL WARNS PALESTINIANS NOT TO RETURN TO NORTHERN GAZA

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip — The Israeli military has warned hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians who have taken refuge in southern Gaza not to try to return to their homes in the northern half of the enclave, where its ground offensive is focused. .

Arabic leaflets dropped on southern Gaza on Friday indicated that “the war is not over yet” and that people should stay where they were.

“Returning to the north is prohibited and very dangerous,” according to the leaflets. “Their fate and that of their families is in their hands. We have warned them.”

Despite the warnings, some Palestinians could be seen walking north along the enclave’s main road. Avichay Adraee, a spokesman for the Israeli army, said in an Arabic post on X, formerly Twitter, that traffic was only allowed on the highway in one direction: from north to south.

Since the first days of the war sparked by Hamas’s attack on southern Israel seven weeks ago, hundreds of thousands of people have left their homes in the north following orders from the Israeli army.

THE FOUR-DAY TRUCE STARTS IN GAZA

The temporary truce in the war between Israel and Hamas went into effect early Friday morning, setting the stage for the exchange of dozens of hostages held by insurgents in Gaza for Palestinians imprisoned in Israel.

The cessation of fighting began at 7:00 a.m. (0500 GMT) and is expected to last at least four days. During this time, Hamas pledged to release at least 50 of the around 240 hostages captured along with other insurgent groups in their deadly October 7 assault on Israel. For their part, the Israeli authorities will release three Palestinian prisoners for each hostage. The releases will be carried out in stages over the next few days.

The temporary ceasefire was agreed after weeks of intense indirect negotiations with Qatar, the United States and Egypt as mediators. If it holds, it would be the first significant pause in fighting since Israel declared war on the group that rules the Strip seven weeks ago.

Some 1,200 people were killed by Hamas attackers on Israeli soil on October 7. Israel responded with a massive aerial bombardment campaign that leveled much of the northern territory and killed at least 13,300 Palestinians.

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