, 13:02China says ‘welcomes’ Israel-Hamas truce deal
China welcomed on a truce deal between Israel and Hamas, after they reached an agreement on a four-day humanitarian pause in exchange for the release of 50 hostages in Gaza.
“We welcome the temporary ceasefire agreement reached by relevant parties and hope that it will help ease the plight of the humanitarian crisis, de-escalate the conflict and ease tensions,” foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning told a regular briefing.
NOVEMBER 22, 2023, 12:41Palestinians’ Abbas welcomes Gaza humanitarian truce, urges wider solutions
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed on Wednesday the foreign-mediated humanitarian deal between his Islamist Hamas rivals and Israel in the Gaza Strip, and called for wider solutions to the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Abbas’ administration, based in the occupied West Bank, “appreciate(s) the Qatari-Egyptian (mediation) effort”, wants an extended truce with Israel and “the implementation of a political solution based on international legitimacy,” a social media post by senior Palestinian aide Hussein Al-Sheikh said.
NOVEMBER 22, 2023, 12:41IDF Chief of Staff tells troops their advances in Gaza help to free hostages
The Israel Defence Force (IDF) Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Herzi Halevi, met with reserve forces fighting inside the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.
He told the forces that their actions were creating “better conditions for the return of the hostages, and we will continue with this pressure.”
NOVEMBER 22, 2023, 12:40France hopes for release of its hostages after Israel, Hamas truce
France hopes its eight citizens believed held as hostages will be released as a result of a truce deal between Israel and Hamas, Foreign Affairs Minister Catherine Colonna said on Wednesday.
“We hope that there will be French people among the first batch of hostages to be released,” Colonna told France Inter radio.
Israel’s government and Hamas agreed on Wednesday to a four-day pause in fighting to allow the release of 50 hostages held in Gaza in exchange for 150 Palestinians imprisoned in Israel, and the entry of humanitarian aid into the besieged enclave.
NOVEMBER 22, 2023, 12:39China says ‘welcomes’ Israel-Hamas truce deal (AFP)
NOVEMBER 22, 2023 11:56Israel Justice Ministry publishes details on Palestinian prisoners slated for release under hostage recovery decision (Reuters)
NOVEMBER 22, 2023 11:23We welcome the release of 50 hostages, including Americans: Anthony Blinken
U.S. Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken further added, “We welcome the release of 50 hostages, including Americans, from captivity in Gaza. I thank Qatar and Egypt for their partnership, and appreciate Israel’s support for a humanitarian pause that will allow additional humanitarian aid to reach Palestinians in Gaza.”
NOVEMBER 22, 2023 11:21U.S. President expresses his gratitude to regional partners
U.S. President, taking to his social media X, declared that he was glad the deal was secured, adding that he was grateful that the hostages will be reunited with their families.
“I welcome the deal to secure the release of hostages taken by Hamas during its brutal assault against Israel on October 7th.” The US president said. “I’m gratified that these brave souls, who have endured an unspeakable ordeal, will be reunited with their families once this deal is fully implemented.”The U.S. President expressed his gratitude to regional partners, who were “critical” in ensuring the deal was passed.Biden shared on X, “I thank Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar and President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt for their critical partnership in reaching this deal. And I appreciate Prime Minister Netanyahu’s commitment in supporting an extended pause to ensure this deal can be fully carried out.” ANI
NOVEMBER 22, 2023 10:43Qatar says deal undertaken with Egypt and United States
Qatar said the deal had been undertaken with Egypt and the United States as well as Hamas and Israel and would include “the entry of a larger number of humanitarian convoys and relief aid, including fuel designated for humanitarian needs”.
Qatar’s foreign ministry spokesman Majed Al-Ansari told AFP the release of the 50 hostages held by Hamas would be staggered over the four-day truce.
“The truce begins and then every day within the four days we will have a number of hostages coming out… and that number should reach 50 by day four,” he said.
NOVEMBER 22, 2023 09:56US president Biden welcomes Israel, Hamas deal for release of Gaza hostages
U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday welcomed the deal to secure the release of hostages taken by Palestinian Islamist group Hamas during the attack on Israel.
Israel’s government and Hamas agreed to a four-day pause in fighting to allow the release of 50 hostages held in Gaza in exchange for 150 Palestinians imprisoned in Israel, and the entry of humanitarian aid into the besieged enclave.
Biden added that the deal should also bring home additional American hostages.
NOVEMBER 22, 2023 09:16Qatar confirms four-day cease-fire, swap between Israel and Hamas; start time to be announced within a day (AP)
NOVEMBER 22, 2023 09:15Hostage release to begin 24 hours after cease-fire
Hostage releases will begin roughly 24 hours after the cease-fire deal is approved by all parties, said a senior White House official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive matters. The government of Qatar, which mediates with Hamas, did not immediately respond to a request for comment