IDF says ready to resume fighting in Gaza, will demand Hamas free more hostages tomorrow

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Israeli forces at a staging area near the border with Gaza on November 30, 2023. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Israeli forces at a staging area near the border with Gaza on November 30, 2023. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari says the military is ready to resume fighting in the Gaza Strip if the ceasefire agreement with Hamas is not renewed for another day.

“At this hour, we are progressing and awaiting the release of additional hostages who are due to return as part of the agreed-upon deal,” Hagari says.

He says that overnight, the IDF “insisted” on carrying out the current deal with Hamas, in which the terror group is set to release the women and children it is holding hostage.

“We will do so tomorrow as well. The mediators, Qatar and Egypt, are also obligated to carry out the deal, so that the ceasefire can continue,” he says.

“The IDF is ready to resume the fighting. We are prepared to attack at any hour, tonight as well,” Hagari says.

On a Hamas video showing Yarden Bibas, Hagari says “our hearts are with him and the entire Bibas family.”

He calls the video “psychological terror” and adds that Hamas’s claim that Yarden’s wife Shiri, and two young kids Ariel and Kfir were killed, is still not verified.

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