Short-term cease-fire in Israel-Hamas war takes effect from Friday early morning onwards

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An initial four day ceasefire in the war between Hamas and Israel took effect from Friday morning onwards in Gaza. It is a part of the deal, which includes Hamas to free at least 50 Israeli hostages, abducted during the attack on October 7. On the other hand, Israel will be releasing 150 of Palestinian prisoners.

Just minutes after the short-term truce began, Israeli military sounded alarms in several villages near Gaza, serving as a warning of possible incoming rocket fire. However, there was no report of ongoing violence, leaving hope that the first hostage releases under the deal would go forward later Friday.

The cease fire began at 7 a.m. local time, when it was midnight in the United States East Coast. The Israeli military did not make any announcement at the start of the cease fire, but later issued a statement which stated, it had “completed its operational preparation according to the combat lines of the pause.”

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Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson Lt. Col. Avichay Adraee warned that the northern Gaza Strip remained a “dangerous war zone and it is forbidden to move around” there. He advised the people to remain in humanitarian zone in the south of the Strip.