IDF: Lull in Gaza fighting to continue amid efforts to extend truce, free more hostages

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

The Israel Defense Forces says the ceasefire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip will continue amid efforts that would see the terror group release further hostages.

The pause was set to end at 7 a.m this morning.

“In light of the mediators’ efforts to continue the process of releasing the hostages and subject to the terms of the agreement, the ceasefire will continue,” the IDF says in a short statement.

As part of the agreement, Hamas will need to release at least 10 hostages for every extra day of the lull in fighting.

Israel in turn will also release 30 Palestinian prisoners for every 10 hostages.

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