The Israeli military announced Friday that Hamas violated the ceasefire agreement by launching rockets towards Israel, prompting Israel to retaliate with artillery fire against Hamas positions in Gaza.
The Israeli military claimed to have intercepted a rocket fired from Gaza shortly before the ceasefire expired.
This rocket was launched just one hour before the expiration of the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, triggering warning alarms in the border areas with Gaza simultaneously with its launch.
Palestinian media reported that the Israeli military targeted the city of Abasan near Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip with airstrikes.
Meanwhile, just hours ago, The Wall Street Journal, citing Egyptian officials, reported that Israel and Hamas had agreed to extend the temporary ceasefire for an eighth day.
In addition, it was also stated that, according to this agreement, an additional 10 hostages, most of them women and children, would be released from Hamas captivity.
Tensions between Israel and Hamas have escalated once again as both sides accuse each other of violating the ceasefire agreement. The rocket attacks from Gaza and the Israeli artillery fire have raised concerns about the fragile nature of the truce.
The situation remains fluid as international efforts continue to mediate and secure a lasting ceasefire in the region. The conflict has already resulted in significant casualties and destruction, with both sides facing mounting pressure to find a diplomatic resolution.
Extending the temporary ceasefire and the potential release of hostages offer a glimmer of hope for de-escalation. Still, the volatile situation in the region underscores the need for a comprehensive and long-term solution to address the root causes of the conflict.