Israel – Hamas truce extended by another day carrying forward same terms

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Israel and Hamas have agreed to extend the truce by another day on Thursday, hours before the deal was to go off. It is confirmed by Qatar, who has been mediating between the two parties since the start.

Negotiations on extending it came down to the last minute disagreements over hostages to be freed in return for another day of ceasefire.

Word of the extensions came just as the truce was to expire at 7 a.m. Thursday. The Qatari Foreign Ministry said the truce was being extended under the same terms, which requires Hamas to release 10 Israeli hostages in exchange for 30 Palestinian prisoners from its prison.

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The announcement followed a last-minute standoff earlier Thursday, wherein Hamas said Israel had rejected a proposed list that included seven living captives and the remains of three who the group said were killed in previous Israeli airstrikes. Israel claimed that the Palestinian militant group submitted an improved list, paving way for extension in truce.

The talks appear to be growing more tense, as the militants are expected to seek better in release of men and soldiers held captive by them, since no women and children are left under their captivity.