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Hostilities have raged in the Middle East since Hamas launched a large-scale surprise attack on Israel from the Gaza Strip on October 7. The Jewish state responded with indiscriminate retaliatory strikes and a complete blockade of Gaza.
On Sunday, Hamas militants released a video showing them handing over a third group of hostages to Red Cross officials inside the Gaza Strip, in accordance with a temporary cease-fire agreement between the Palestinian militant group and Israel.
Moreover, Diaa Rashwan, the head of the Egyptian government's press office, stated that at least 120 trucks carrying humanitarian aid had entered Gaza. He added that the trucks carrying fuel and cooking gas were heading to northern Gaza in coordination with the UN and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.
In a separate development, US President Joe Biden stated that the White House's goal is to extend the humanitarian pause in Gaza to allow for the safe release of hostages and more aid to civilians in the strip.
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00:55 GMT 28.11.2023
Israel Releases 33 Palestinian Prisoners - Reports
Israel has released the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners, consisting of 33 people, as part of the hostage exchange deal with Hamas, Al Jazeera broadcaster reported on Tuesday.
On Monday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that 11 Israeli hostages freed by Hamas entered Israeli territory.
The broadcaster added that as part of the deal, a total of 150 Palestinian prisoners were released from Israeli prisons.
00:55 GMT 28.11.2023
Blinken to Visit West Bank, Israel During Overseas Trip This Week - State Dept.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit the West Bank and Israel later this week to discuss security and humanitarian related developments in the Gaza conflict, US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said in a press release.
"Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Belgium, North Macedonia, Israel, the West Bank, and the UAE from November 27-December 2, 2023," Miller said in the release on Monday.
According to Miller, in Israel and the West Bank, Blinken will discuss security and humanitarian operations in Gaza, including ongoing efforts to secure the release of more hostages. Blinken will also discuss "tangible" steps to further the creation of a future Palestinian state, and the need to prevent the Gaza conflict from widening in the region, Miller added.
Blinken might hold a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Thursday to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip, a source told Sputnik earlier in the day.
00:54 GMT 28.11.2023
Erdogan, Spanish Prime Minister Discuss Efforts to Resolve Gaza Conflict - Office
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held phone talks with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, during which the parties discussed efforts to achieve a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, the Turkish presidential office said on Monday.
"President Erdogan spoke by phone with President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sanchez Perez-Castejon. The call addressed the Israel’s attacks on Palestinians, the necessary steps to uninterruptedly deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza and the efforts for a permanent ceasefire as well as a lasting peace," the office said in a statement.
Erdogan added that the Spanish government's position on Palestine and Israel's actions against Palestinians is "valuable," the statement read.
"President Erdogan stated that Turkiye stands ready to assume any responsibility, including guarantorship, for a lasting peace in the region, and to work with Spain for the regional peace," the office added.
00:51 GMT 28.11.2023
Borrell Says No Sense in Providing Relief Supplies to Gazans Until Deadly Strikes Stopped
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Monday stressed the urgent need to end the ongoing hostilities in the Gaza Strip, saying there was no sense in providing increased humanitarian assistance to "someone who will be killed the next day."
"We should alleviate the suffering of civilians. And for this, we need to increase the volume of humanitarian assistance … But it makes no sense to give food to someone who will be killed the next day. We need to stop the bombing and avoid more deaths. Humanitarian assistance is necessary, but not enough," Borrell told a press conference after the Union for the Mediterranean regional forum in Barcelona.
Speaking alongside forum's Secretary General Nasser Kamel, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Borrell stressed the need to achieve a permanent ceasefire agreement in the Gaza Strip and ensure that Palestinian movement Hamas loses military control over the enclave.
21:12 GMT 27.11.2023
Eleven Hostages Freed by Hamas Already on Israeli Territory - IDF
Eleven hostages, from from the Gaza Strip by Hamas on Monday, entered Israeli territory, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.
The IDF reported about “the return of the hostages to Israeli territory” on its Telegram channel.
21:09 GMT 27.11.2023
Israel Confirms Received List of Hostages Set to Be Freed on Monday - Reports
Israel confirmed that it had received overnight a list of hostages who are set to be released by Palestinian group Hamas on Monday, the i24 broadcaster reported.
Later in the day, French broadcaster BFMTV reported, citing own sources, that three French children, aged 12 and 16, could be released on Monday evening as part of the fourth group. Their families were reportedly informed by Israel that they were on the list of 11 hostages to be freed from Hamas captivity.
Last week, Qatar mediated a deal between Israel and Hamas on a four-day truce and the exchange of some of the prisoners and hostages, as well as the delivery of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip. The first group of Israeli and foreign hostages were released from the enclave on Friday.
On Monday evening, Al Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, started handing over the fourth group of Israeli hostages to the International Committee of the Red Cross, Al Jazeera broadcaster reported.
21:07 GMT 27.11.2023
US Does Not Believe Americans Are Among Hostages Freed by Hamas Today - Kirby
The United States does not believe that there are any Americans in the group of hostages released by Hamas earlier in the day, White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said on Monday.
"We do not believe that there are Americans in this group coming out today," Kirby told CNN.
Kirby added that the US does not know how Hamas is making up the lists of the hostages to be freed.
"We are working very very hard to keep this flow of hostages going," he said. "We are glad to see that there is a two day extension and we certainly would hope that in the next two days, in these next couple of installments that we’ll see some Americans coming out."
21:06 GMT 27.11.2023
Biden Says Spoke With Family of 4-Year-Old American Hostage Released by Hamas
US President Joe Biden said on Monday that he spoke with the family of a four-year-old American-Israeli hostage released by Hamas and pledged to work with Israel to provide all the necessary care and support to the girl who lost her parents in the October 7 attack.
"I spoke with Abigail’s family following her release, and we are working closely with our Israeli partners to ensure she gets the care and support she needs as she begins to recover from this unspeakable trauma," Biden said in a statement.
Biden said Abigail Edan turned four years old during her captivity after her parents were killed in front of her.
Abigail Edan was released on Sunday and is currently in the custody of International Committee of the Red Cross officials. Abigail will be reunited with her siblings and live with their aunt, uncle and grandparents in Israel, the family previously said.
Last week, Israel and Hamas agreed to a four-day pause in military operations to exchange some of the prisoners and hostages, as well as allow the delivery of humanitarian aid into Gaza. On Monday, they agreed to extend the truce by two more days to allow the release of more hostages.
20:53 GMT 27.11.2023
Israelis Released by Hamas on Monday Include Citizens of France, Germany, Argentina - Doha
There are citizens of France, Germany and Argentina among Israelis released by Hamas and handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Monday, Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesman Majed Mohammed Al-Ansari said, adding that Israel released 33 Palestinians from prisons.
“Those released from Israeli prisons include 30 minors and 3 women, while the Israelis released from Gaza include 3 French citizens, 2 German citizens, and 6 Argentinian citizens, were handed over to the ICRC,” the spokesman wrote on X.
20:01 GMT 27.11.2023
ICRC Informs Israeli Military 11 hostages on Their Way to Israel - IDF
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) informed the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Monday that 11 hostages, released by Hamas, are on their way to Israel at the moment, the IDF said.
Media earlier reported that the military wing of Hamas started handed over hostages to the ICRC.
"IDF: Based on information that was received from the Red Cross, 11 hostages are currently on their way to Israeli territory," the IDF wrote on its Telegram channel.
Israel allowed eight tanks to fuel and gas to enter the Gaza Strip on Monday, the fourth day of a temporary ceasefire, the IDF also said in a statement.
"Eight tanks of diesel fuel and domestic gas were sent from Egypt to UN humanitarian aid organizations in the Gaza Strip as part of the pause and agreement on the release of hostages reached with the United States through the mediation of Qatar and Egypt," the IDF said.
19:43 GMT 27.11.2023
Clean Water Delivered to Northern Gaza Strip for 1st Time Since October 7 - UNRWA
United Nations agencies and the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) managed to deliver clean water to the population of the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday for the first time since the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said on Monday.
"Yesterday, our aid convoys reached areas in the north of Gaza Strip. UN agencies & PRCS delivered ready-to-eat food, tents, water & urgent medical supplies. This was the first delivery of clean water that reached people sheltering in the north since the war began," UNRWA said on X.
19:22 GMT 27.11.2023
IDF Operation After Truce to Be More Intense, Take Place Throughout Gaza Strip - Gallant
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) operation in the Gaza Strip will be more intense after the end of the ceasefire with Hamas and will take place throughout the Palestinian enclave, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said on Monday.
“They [the clashes] will be more large-scale and will take place throughout the Gaza Strip,” Gallant said, as quoted by Israeli media.
The minister added that Hamas will use the ceasefire to regroup and rest its forces, so the IDF will initially use air forces and artillery before resuming ground operations.
18:42 GMT 27.11.2023
Biden Says Working With Egypt, Qatar, Israel to Ensure Implementation of Hostage Deal
US President Joe Biden said on Monday that he remains in contact with Egyptian, Qatari and Israeli officials to ensure that the terms of a hostage release deal are implemented.
“I remain in contact with leaders of Qatar, Egypt, and Israel to make sure every aspect of the deal is implemented,” Biden said in a statement via social media platform X.
Biden and his national security team will stay engaged on efforts to further extend the deal, White House Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby said earlier on Monday. Israel and Hamas agreed to extend their truce by two days to allow for additional hostages to be released.
17:33 GMT 27.11.2023
Qatar Confirms 2-Day Extension of Ceasefire Between Israel, Hamas
Qatar confirms that an agreement has been reached between Israel and Palestinian movement Hamas on the 2-day extension of the humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip, Foreign Ministry spokesman Majed Mohammed Al-Ansari said on Monday.
“The State of Qatar announces, as part of the ongoing mediation, an agreement has been reached to extend the humanitarian truce for an additional two days in the Gaza Strip,” the spokesman wrote on X.
On Friday, the sides declared a four-day truce to exchange some of the prisoners and hostages, as well as allow the delivery of humanitarian aid into Gaza. Earlier in the day, Hamas also confirmed the two-day extension of the truce.
16:19 GMT 27.11.2023
Hamas Says Truce in Gaza Extended by Two Days
14:25 GMT 27.11.2023
Humanitarian Truce in Gaza Strip Close to Being Extended for Two Days - Head of Egyptian State Information Service
14:08 GMT 27.11.2023
Gaza Strip Death Toll From Israeli Strikes Reaches 16,000 - Palestinian Health Ministry
The death toll in the Gaza Strip has reached 16,000 since the Israel-Hamas conflict began on October 7, and some 35,000 people have been injured, Palestinian Health Minister Dr. Mai al-Kaila said on Monday.
“The death toll in the Gaza Strip has risen to 16,000, the number of injured has reached 35,000,” the minister told Al Arabiya.
14:04 GMT 27.11.2023
Netanyahu, Musk Visit Israeli Kibbutz Attacked by Hamas
SpaceX, Twitter and electric car maker Tesla CEO Elon Musk, arrives for a US Senate bipartisan Artificial Intelligence (AI) Insight Forum at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on September 13, 2023 - Sputnik International, 1920, 27.11.2023
Netanyahu, Musk Visit Israeli Kibbutz Attacked by Hamas
13:00 GMT 27.11.2023
Negotiators Close to Agreement to Extend Truce in Gaza Strip - Reports
Negotiators are close to an agreement to extend the truce in the Gaza Strip, Al Qahera News broadcaster reported on Monday, citing Egyptian sources.
Earlier in the day, Hamas spokesman in Lebanon Osama Hamdan said that a search had begun in the Gaza Strip for people believed to be held hostage by civilians and gangs. The results will show whether there is a possibility of extending the ceasefire.
11:26 GMT 27.11.2023
Netanyahu Shows Musk Around Kibbutz Kfar Gaza
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