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Israel agrees to 4-hour daily Gaza pauses for civilian evacuation: White House

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati
Nesrine, Amal al-Robayaa’s sister-in-law, mixes flour with water to make bread amid the ruins of the family home destroyed in an Israeli strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on November 7, 2023. – Robayaa says the apartment block she lived in was destroyed by an Israeli bombardment on October 7/(Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP)

The White House has confirmed that Israel will implement daily four-hour humanitarian pauses in its offensive against Hamas in northern Gaza starting from November 9.

This decision comes after President Joe Biden’s request to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their call on November 6. Additionally, the Biden administration has announced securing a second pathway for civilians to safely escape the ongoing conflict in the region, aiming to alleviate the humanitarian crisis caused by the violence.

The White House spokesperson stated that Israel has informed the United States that there will be no military operations during the designated humanitarian pauses in Gaza.

According to John Kirby, Israel will initiate the four-hour pauses in northern Gaza starting from Thursday. He added that these pauses result from discussions between American and Israeli officials, including talks between U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Israeli military is engaged in fighting with Hamas militants alongside airstrikes in residential areas and amidst the rubble of buildings in northern Gaza.

As civilian casualties increase in Gaza, leaders from various countries, including Joe Biden, have called for a cessation of hostilities. Reports indicate that, in response to Israel’s warnings and attacks in northern Gaza, residents in the area are evacuating towards the southern part of Gaza.

Simultaneously, the heads of U.S. and Israeli intelligence have met and held discussions with the Prime Minister of Qatar regarding the release of Hamas hostages in Doha.

Palestinian authorities have reported that, as of Thursday, 10,812 residents of Gaza, including approximately 40% children, have been killed in Israeli airstrikes. Israel claims that Hamas has killed 1,400 Israelis in the conflict and is holding at least 240 hostages.

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