ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 140

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Security officials believe it may take a month before new truce for hostage release – report

Relatives of Israeli hostages Eli and Yossi Sharabi, Tsachi Idan and Idan Shtivi attend a ceremony and a prayer for their liberation at the synagogue in Lisbon, Dec. 5, 2023 (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Relatives of Israeli hostages Eli and Yossi Sharabi, Tsachi Idan and Idan Shtivi attend a ceremony and a prayer for their liberation at the synagogue in Lisbon, Dec. 5, 2023 (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Security officials believe it may take up to a month for enough military pressure to build on Hamas that a new window will open for a truce and the release of more hostages held in the Gaza Strip, Army Radio reports.

The unsourced report says that military operations will need to continue in both the north and the south of the enclave for this to happen.

Under a weeklong truce deal that expired on Friday, 105 civilians were released from Hamas captivity in Gaza: 81 Israelis, 23 Thai nationals and one Filipino. Earlier, four hostages were released and one was rescued, and at least three bodies have been recovered.

It is believed that 138 hostages remain in Gaza, including around 20 women and two young children.

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