Israel and Hamas have agreed to extend by one more day a truce under which hostages are exchanged for Palestinian prisoners and aid flows into the war-devastated Gaza Strip.
Militants took about 240 captives from southern Israel during an unprecedented October 7 attack that Israeli officials say killed around 1,200 people, most of them civilians.
In response, Israel has vowed to eliminate Hamas, an Islamist movement with an armed wing. A relentless Israeli campaign of air, artillery and naval bombardment alongside a ground offensive has killed nearly 15,000 people, according to Gaza’s Hamas rulers.
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“All of them are alive,” said the source, who was not authorised to speak to the media and asked to remain anonymous.
Minutes before the halt in fighting was to expire at 0500 GMT on Thursday, Israel’s military said it would be prolonged.
The prime minister’s office subsequently said it had received a new list of women and children hostages to be released by Hamas, “and therefore the truce will continue”.
The pause began on Friday for an initial four days and was then prolonged by two days before the latest one-day extension.