February 21, 2024

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A cease-fire settlement between the Hamas militant group and Israel has been confirmed by each events, together with Washington and Qatar, which helped dealer the deal that might carry a short lived halt to the devastating conflict that’s now in its seventh week.

The Israeli authorities stated that beneath a top level view of the deal, Hamas is to free over a four-day interval no less than 50 of the roughly 240 hostages taken in its Oct. 7 assault on Israel. Qatar later confirmed the deal, saying the beginning time will probably be introduced within the subsequent 24 hours and it’ll final 4 days. The settlement would carry the primary respite to war-weary Palestinians in Gaza, the place greater than 11,000 individuals have been killed, based on well being authorities.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated earlier than the Cupboard voted early Wednesday to again the settlement that the conflict would proceed even when a deal was reached. Some 1,200 individuals have been killed in Israel, principally in the course of the preliminary incursion by Hamas.