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Israel-Hamas war Highlights: Hamas releases 24 hostages after nearly 7 weeks in captivity

Israel-Hamas war Highlights: The Israel-Hamas battle has been on since October 7, when the latter carried out a series of attacks inside Israel.
Members of the media and people gather at Rafah border as Hamas militants  release hostages abducted by Hamas during the October 7 attack on Israel
Members of the media and people gather at Rafah border as Hamas militants release hostages abducted by Hamas during the October 7 attack on Israel

Israel-Hamas war Highlights: A 96-hour truce between Israel and Hamas, brokered by the United States and Qatar, came into effect at 7 am local time (10:30 am IST) on Friday, marking the first break in a conflict that began on October 7, when the Islamist group carried out a series of attacks inside the Israeli territory....Read More

In response, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) launched Operation Iron Swords in the Hamas-administered Palestinian enclave of Gaza; the operation has also led to civilian casualties, leading to protests across the world calling for a ceasefire.

Overall, there have been thousands on casualties on both sides, with more than 1,300 Israelis losing their lives, while the toll in Gaza stands at around 15,000. Additionally, 240 Israeli citizens are being held hostage in the enclave, which has a population of 2.3 million.

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Nov 24, 2023 9:40 PM IST

At least 10 Thai hostages released by Hamas

Hamas freed at least 10 Thai nationals seized in the group’s surprise attack on southern Israel last month, releasing them alongside Israeli hostages who were part of the first swap under a new cease-fire deal.

Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara wrote online that he was “overjoyed.”

He had traveled more than three weeks ago to Egypt and Qatar to seek their help in obtaining the hostages’ freedom. Thais were the biggest single group of foreigners taken hostage.

Nov 24, 2023 7:44 PM IST

Biden: Conditioning military aid to Israel is a 'worthwhile thought,' hopes Gaza ceasefire can last more than four days

Speaking to reporters in Nantucket, Massachusetts, US President said that he hoped the ceasefire in Gaza could last for more than four days.

Nov 24, 2023 6:56 PM IST

German foreign minister says four Germans were among hostages released from Gaza

Germany's Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on Friday four Germans were among the 24 hostages released from captivity in Gaza earlier in the day.

"I am so incredibly relieved that 24 hostages were just released from Gaza, among them four Germans, and that a father, after 49 days of hell, of unbelievable fear, can finally embrace again his two small daughters and his wife," Baerbock said on the sidelines of a party conference of her Greens party.

Nov 24, 2023 6:40 PM IST

137 trucks of goods enter Gaza - UN

One hundred and thirty seven trucks of goods were offloaded by the UNRWA reception point in the Gaza Strip on Friday, the biggest humanitarian convoy received since Oct. 7, the U.N. humanitarian office (OCHA) said in a statement.

Nov 24, 2023 6:12 PM IST

Israel to summon Spanish, Belgian ambassadors over their criticism on the country's war against Hamas

The Israeli government said Friday it would summon the Belgian and Spanish ambassadors following remarks by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his Belgian counterpart Alexander de Croo on the war between Israel and Hamas.

Nov 24, 2023 5:29 PM IST

Four children, six elderly women among 13 freed Israeli hostages

Four children and six elderly women were among the first batch of 13 Israeli hostages released by Hamas under a truce agreement between Israel and Hamas.

Nov 24, 2023 5:11 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war live updates: Freed hostages now in Israeli territory

The Israeli army said Friday the first hostages released from the Gaza Strip were back on Israeli territory where they would undergo medical checks before being reunited with their families.

Nov 24, 2023 4:26 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war live updates: How many hostages have been released so far?

Qatar confirmed that a total of 24 hostages have been released by Hamas so far.

Israelis: 13

Thais: 10

Filipino: 1

Nov 24, 2023 4:17 PM IST

39 women, children detained in Israeli jails, released: Qatar

Qatar foreign ministry has confirmed the release of 39 women and children detained in Israeli jails.

Nov 24, 2023 3:55 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war live updates: Members of Red Cross and Israeli security forces seen amid Gaza truce deal

Israeli security forces and members of the International Red Cross are seen outside of the Ofer military camp near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, after transporting Palestinian prisoners from three Israeli jails. (AFP)
Israeli security forces and members of the International Red Cross are seen outside of the Ofer military camp near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, after transporting Palestinian prisoners from three Israeli jails. (AFP)
Nov 24, 2023 3:13 PM IST

Israel-Hamas live updates: Hamas releases 13 Israeli hostages after nearly 7 weeks in captivity

Hamas on Friday released 13 Israeli hostages after nearly seven weeks in captivity in Gaza strip, said Israeli media.

Nov 24, 2023 2:58 PM IST

Israel-Hamas live updates: Hamas hands over hostages to Red Cross, says report

Hamas has handed over some hostages over to the International Committee of the Red Cross for return to Israel, reported AFP citing sources.

Nov 24, 2023 2:40 PM IST

Israeli army withdraws from Gaza hospital after truce: Hamas

Israeli forces withdrew from Gaza's largest hospital Al-Shifa on Friday after the Gaza deal, the Hamas-run health ministry said.

Nov 24, 2023 2:18 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war live updates: 12 Thai nationals released by Hamas

Thai prime minister Srettha Thavisin said that the has received confirmation of 12 Thai workers being released from the Hamas captivity in Gaza, reported Reuters.

Nov 24, 2023 1:30 PM IST

Gaza truce is a short pause: Israeli defence minister

Israeli defence minister Yoav Gallant on Friday said that a truce under way with Hamas in Gaza was a "short pause", after which Israel would resume operating with full military force.

Nov 24, 2023 12:47 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war live updates: ‘Committed to truce and swap deal as long as Israel is too’: Hamas chief

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh on Friday said that they are committed to the truce and hostage swap deal and its success “as long as Israel is committed to it as well”.

Nov 24, 2023 11:59 AM IST

WHO: 'Extremely concerned' about those left in Al Shifa Hospital

A World Health Organisation (WHO) spokesperson Christian Lindmeier on Friday said that it was working on further evacuations from northern Gaza hospitals as soon as possible as a truce gets underway, voicing fears for the safety of those remaining in Al Shifa Hospital. “We're extremely concerned about the safety of the estimated 100 patients and health workers remaining at Al Shifa,” he said.

Nov 24, 2023 10:58 AM IST

12-year-old West Bank boy fatally shot by Israel

According to officials, the boy was killed on Thursday in the village of Beita near the city of Nablus, a major flashpoint site in the northern West Bank.

Saying that it was looking into into the circumstances surrounding the boy's death, the Israeli military says its troops responded with live fire after Palestinians threw stones at them as they entered the village.

Nov 24, 2023 10:21 AM IST

Sirens in Israeli resort city were ‘false alarm’: IDF

Sirens that blared in the resort city of Eilat were ‘false alarm,' the Israeli military now says, adding that there is ‘no indication of a security incident.’

Nov 24, 2023 10:02 AM IST

Threat to Israeli resort city from Yemen?

Hours after Israel's truce with Hamas began, sirens go off in the resort city of Eilat, with the Israeli military warning citizens of a possible long-range aerial attack from Yemen.

Previously, the Yemen-based Houthis have launched drones and missiles at Israel in solidarity with Hamas.

Nov 24, 2023 9:21 AM IST

Thailand hopes for release of its citizens from Gaza

Thailand fervently hopes that this momentum can be maintained so that the remaining hostages, which include Thai nationals, are released at the earliest opportunity. Thailand reiterates our strong call toward that end: Foreign ministry statement

Nov 24, 2023 8:54 AM IST

Israel to release 39 Palestinians

In exchange for 39 Israeli hostages due to be freed by Hamas from the Gaza strip, Israel will release 39 Palestinians (24 women, 15 teenaged males) from West Bank, a Palestinian official has announced.

Nov 24, 2023 8:24 AM IST

Struck various 'terrorist targets' on ceasefire eve, says IDF

The Israeli military said it struck ‘various terrorist targets’ from land, air, and sea, on Thursday, the eve of of 96-hour ceasefire with Hamas that began on Friday morning.

Nov 24, 2023 7:45 AM IST

Aid trucks enter Gaza from Egypt as truce begins

Aid trucks begin entering the Gaza strip from Egypt, hours after the Hamas-Israel ceasefire officially commenced at 7 am local time on Friday.

Two of the trucks, representing Egyptian organisations, sported banners that said, 'Together for Humanity," while a third said, “For our brothers in Gaza.”

Nov 24, 2023 7:08 AM IST

Musk set to visit Israel?

The world's richest person will be in the country next week for a visit, during which he will visit towns near the Gaza border that were attacked by Hamas on October 7, The Jerusalem Post reports citing N12 news channel.

The billionaire is expected to meet both Israeli President Isaac Herzog and prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Nov 24, 2023 6:32 AM IST

When will the war end? Israel's defence minister responds

According to Israel's defence minister Yoav Gallant, the war with Hamas is not going to end for ‘at least two more months.’

“Once the short temporary truce with Hamas ends, the military campaign would resume with intensity for at least two more months. There will be a continuation, because we need to complete the victory and create the impetus for the next groups of hostages, who will only come back as a result of pressure,” he said.

Nov 24, 2023 6:03 AM IST

Hamas to release 13 Israeli hostages; aid to be sent to Gaza

While the ceasefire has officially commenced, Hamas will, later in the day, free as many as 13 Israeli hostages (12 women and a child) of the total 240 people it abducted from Israel.

Nov 24, 2023 5:33 AM IST

Moments after truce, rocket attack warnings in Israeli villages

Within minutes of the truce with Hamas taking shape, Israeli military sounds sirens in two villages near the Gaza Strip, warning of possible Palestinian rocket attacks from the Hamas-ruled enclave.

The 96-hour ceasefire, the first in the conflict that began on October 7, began at 7 am local time (10:30 am IST) on Friday.

Nov 24, 2023 5:07 AM IST

Israel-Hamas ceasefire begins

For the first time since it began, the Israel-Hamas war comes to a halt, and will remain suspended for the next 96 hours, as the ceasefire comes into effect.

Nov 24, 2023 4:32 AM IST

Hamas spokesperson says ceasefire with Israel is ‘temporary’

While the group confirmed on Telegram that all hostilities from its forces will be paused when the truce comes into effect, a spokesperson later said the break was ‘temporary.’

In a video message, Abu Ubaida, spokesperson for the group's armed wing, also called for ‘an escalation of the confrontation with (Israel) on all resistance fronts.’

Nov 24, 2023 4:09 AM IST

Hours before truce, IDF eliminates top Hamas commander

IDF announces its fighter jets eliminated Amar Abu Jalalah, a senior operative in Hamas’ naval forces who was involved in directing several terror attacks via the sea, which, however, were thwarted by the Israeli forces.

An unnamed additional operative in the Hamas naval forces also killed in the intelligence-backed operation.

Nov 24, 2023 6:32 AM IST

When will the war end? Israel's defence minister responds

According to Israel's defence minister Yoav Gallant, the war with Hamas is not going to end for ‘at least two more months.’

“Once the short temporary truce with Hamas ends, the military campaign would resume with intensity for at least two more months. There will be a continuation, because we need to complete the victory and create the impetus for the next groups of hostages, who will only come back as a result of pressure,” he said.

Nov 24, 2023 6:03 AM IST

Hamas to release 13 Israeli hostages; aid to be sent to Gaza

While the ceasefire has officially commenced, Hamas will, later in the day, free as many as 13 Israeli hostages (12 women and a child) of the total 240 people it abducted from Israel.

Nov 24, 2023 5:33 AM IST

Moments after truce, rocket attack warnings in Israeli villages

Within minutes of the truce with Hamas taking shape, Israeli military sounds sirens in two villages near the Gaza Strip, warning of possible Palestinian rocket attacks from the Hamas-ruled enclave.

The 96-hour ceasefire, the first in the conflict that began on October 7, began at 7 am local time (10:30 am IST) on Friday.

Nov 24, 2023 5:07 AM IST

Israel-Hamas ceasefire begins

For the first time since it began, the Israel-Hamas war comes to a halt, and will remain suspended for the next 96 hours, as the ceasefire comes into effect.

Nov 24, 2023 4:32 AM IST

Hamas spokesperson says ceasefire with Israel is ‘temporary’

While the group confirmed on Telegram that all hostilities from its forces will be paused when the truce comes into effect, a spokesperson later said the break was ‘temporary.’

In a video message, Abu Ubaida, spokesperson for the group's armed wing, also called for ‘an escalation of the confrontation with (Israel) on all resistance fronts.’

Nov 24, 2023 4:09 AM IST

Hours before truce, IDF eliminates top Hamas commander

IDF announces its fighter jets eliminated Amar Abu Jalalah, a senior operative in Hamas’ naval forces who was involved in directing several terror attacks via the sea, which, however, were thwarted by the Israeli forces.

An unnamed additional operative in the Hamas naval forces also killed in the intelligence-backed operation.