Hamas says forces on high alert as truce set to expire and extension deal teeters

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Hamas’s military wing issues a statement saying that it ordered its forces to be on high alert in anticipation of a renewal in the terror group’s fighting with Israel.

The statement comes less than two hours before the deadline set by Israeli officials who warned that they would resume fighting if Hamas did not deliver by 7 a.m. an updated list of the hostages it is prepared to release in order to extend the truce by at least one more day.

An Israeli official said earlier that the list provided by Hamas contained hostages who are not all women or children, which Jerusalem has said it will not accept until those two categories are all returned.

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