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Ursula von der Leyen welcomes Gaza ceasefire extension

The two-day extension of the truce between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, the president of the European Commission welcomed on Monday (27/11) Ursula von der Leyen.

A few hours before the deadline, the parties agreed to extend the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, which took effect on Friday.

“I welcome the agreement reached on the two-day extension of the cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas“, said Mrs. von der Leyen in a press release made public by her services in Brussels as reported by the Athens News Agency citing dpa.

“I once again call on the Hamas terrorists to release all the hostages they took during their horrific attack on October 7“, the text continues.

Since Friday, more than 50 hostages and some 150 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons have been released, as stipulated in the deal brokered by Qatar, Egypt and the US. It is about women and children on both sides. The agreement provided for the possibility of extending the truce on the condition that 10 hostages a day be released in exchange for the release of 30 Palestinians. In total, up to 100 hostages were expected to be exchanged for 300 prisoners.

“The European Commission transported 900 tons of aid to the Gaza Strip via Egypt”

Commission President von der Leyen also noted that the extension of the truce will allow more civilians to receive “necessary assistance” in the Gaza Strip.

So far, he pointed out, the European Commission has transported 900 tons of aid to the Gaza Strip via Egypt, with 20 flights. Four more flights are expected during the week, he said.

Until Friday, Israel was relentlessly shelling it Gaza Strip in retaliation for a raid by Hamas militants on southern sectors of Israeli territory on October 7 that killed 1,200, according to Israeli authorities. During the deadliest attack Israel ever suffered by a state in 1948, 240 people were kidnapped and taken to the Palestinian enclave.

The Israeli leadership has vowed to “wipe out” the Palestinian Islamist movement that seized power in the Gaza Strip in 2007 and on October 27 ordered a ground operation to begin.

Based on the latest official tally from the Hamas Health Ministry, some 15,000 civilians – 14,854 to be exact – including 6,150 children, were killed in Israeli air, land and sea bombardments. Civil protection in Gaza speaks of another 7,000 missing, much of whom were buried in the rubble. Another 36,000 people have been injured.

Source: News Beast

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