An Israel-Hamas truce in the Gaza Strip stretched into a fifth day Nov. 28 as the two sides completed the release of Israeli hostages and detained Palestinians and looked poised to free more as the pause in fighting was extended by two days.
Hamas took about 240 hostages during an Oct. 7 incursion into southern Israel that killed 1,200 people, according to Israeli figures, prompting Israel to retaliate by bombing the coastal enclave and launching a ground offensive in its north.
Israel said 11 Israelis had returned to the country from the Gaza Strip on Nov. 27, bringing to 69 the total of Israeli and foreign hostages the Islamist Palestinian group has freed since Nov. 24 under the truce.
The White House and Qatari negotiators said Nov. 27 the original four-day pause in fighting, due to expire on Nov. 28, had been extended for two more days.
The Israel Prison Service said 33 Palestinian prisoners were released Nov. 27 from Israel’s Ofer Prison in the occupied West Bank and from a detention center in Jerusalem, bringing the total number of Palestinians it has freed since Nov. 24 to 150.
Gaza’s Hamas-run government says more than 15,000 Palestinians have been killed, and hundreds of thousands displaced since Oct. 7.
Each day since the truce began Nov. 24, Hamas has released some hostages while Israel has freed some Palestinians it holds. (Reuters)