Qatar, acting as a mediator, announced on Monday that a deal has been reached to extend the truce between Israeli and Hamas forces in Gaza by two days. This extension continues the pause in seven weeks of warfare that has resulted in the loss of thousands of lives and extensive damage to the Palestinian enclave.
Report has said that Hamas had reached an agreement with the collaboration of Qatar and Egypt to extend the ceasefire for an additional two days, under the same conditions as the previous four-day ceasefire.
The agreement to extend the ceasefire for another two days, announced by Qatar, has raised hopes for further extensions, potentially allowing for more aid to reach Gaza.
The situation remains dire for the 2.3 million Palestinians who have been severely affected by weeks of Israeli airstrikes and ground incursions, displacing a significant portion of the population from their homes. Meanwhile, Israel and Hamas are conducting another round of negotiations for the exchange of hostages and prisoners.
On the other hand, Mr. Biden, the US president in response to the ceasefire extension, stated, “I’ve been deeply involved in making sure that we’ve put together the agreement, an original ceasefire agreement, with the help of extensive American diplomacy last week, that it can still hold.”
He mentioned that over 50 hostages held by Hamas, including young children, mothers, and grandmothers, have been released and reunited with their families.
However, Biden emphasized that efforts will not cease until all individuals held by Hamas are freed from captivity.