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Air defense sirens sound in areas of Israel near the border with Gaza – End of the truce?

Air defense sirens warning that rockets had been fired sounded in the early hours of the morning in areas of Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip, Israel’s state TV channel Kan reported. This was the first time this had happened since the ceasefire came into effect. of Israel and Hamas on the 24th of November.

The Israeli military confirmed that air defense sirens were activated in areas around Gaza.

It is not clear whether the development means the ceasefire has endednotes Reuters and relays the Athens Agency.

However, earlier today, the American newspaper Wall Street Journal, citing its sources in Egyptian diplomacy, reported that Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, in power in the Gaza Strip, have agreed to extend the truce for an eighth dayin order to facilitate the release of other Israeli hostages in exchange for the release of Palestinian prisoners.

There has been no update on the progress of the negotiations either from Israel, or from Hamas, or from Qatar, the Gulf emirate that plays the role of key mediator, with the support of Egypt and the US.

The Israeli army declares that it is ready to “hit at any time” Hamas

An Israeli army spokesman said its forces are ready for a resumption of hostilities with the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip “at any time”.

“We are ready for our attack (…) we are ready to strike at any time,” said Daniel Hagari, a spokesman for Chahal, the Israeli military.

The armistice agreement that came into effect last Friday has been extended twice, the last time for 24 hours.

On Thursday morning, Hamas reported that Israeli authorities refused to receive the bodies of three hostages killed in an Israeli bombardment. According to reports, it is a mother, her 10-month-old baby, and a 4-year-old boy.

Israeli army spokesman Hagari countered that the deaths of the three hostages have not been confirmed and spoke of “psychological warfare” by Hamas.

Source: News Beast

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