29 February 2024,   02:20
Israel and Hamas agree to extend truce, Qatar says

Israel and Hamas agreed to extend their truce for two more days, according to officials in Qatar who helped negotiate the initial cease-fire, as Israeli officials signaled that a fourth exchange of hostages and prisoners would go forward Monday, writes The New York Times.

Majed Al-Ansari, a spokesman for the foreign ministry of Qatar, which has helped mediate the talks that led to the initial pause in fighting, said an “agreement has been reached to extend the humanitarian truce for an additional two days in the Gaza Strip”. He did not elaborate on the terms.

The announcement came shortly after the Israeli prime minister’s office said it had begun contacting the families of hostages to be released on Monday, signaling the resolution of a disagreement over those to be freed. Monday was initially expected to be the final day of a four-day cease-fire.