12:03 a.m. ET, December 1, 2023
Breaking: Israel-Hamas truce deal appears to have expired with no immediate sign of extension
From CNN Staff
The truce between Israel and Hamas appears to have expired on Friday with no immediate sign of an agreement to extend the hostage deal to an eighth day.
It is not yet clear whether this means fighting will resume in the Gaza Strip, which has suffered significant damage and loss of life during seven weeks of Israeli bombardment.
An hour before Friday’s deadline expired, Israel’s air defense system intercepted a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said. There is no indication who launched the single rocket.
The truce, which began last Friday, was set to expire at 7 a.m. local time (12 a.m. ET). An agreement to extend the day to the seventh day was announced on Thursday.
A little context: Egyptian and Qatari negotiators pushed to extend the pause in fighting in Gaza for two more days to facilitate the release of more Palestinian hostages and prisoners, and to allow more aid into the Strip, according to the news service of the Egyptian state.
Israeli officials have repeatedly said that the condition for any extension of the pause in fighting is that Hamas must release 10 Israeli women and children held hostage per day.
Under the terms of the agreement, Israel released three Palestinians for every Israeli hostage released.
As the truce nears expiration, Israel and Hamas have indicated they are ready for renewed fighting.
“We must prepare for a rapid transition to large-scale combat at any time, today, tomorrow and at any time. As soon as we have maximized the return of the hostages, we will resume fierce fighting throughout the Gaza Strip,” Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said on Thursday.
Hamas’ military wing on Thursday called on its forces to maintain a high level of combat readiness.
During the seven-day pause in fighting, 80 Israelis – mostly women and children, some with dual nationality – and 24 other foreign nationals were released. Another Israeli with dual citizenship was also released outside of the agreed deal.
As of Thursday, 240 Palestinians had been released from Israeli prisons – mainly women and minors.