Qatar Says Israel and Hamas Agree to Extend Truce for Two Days

Credit: Israel Defense Forces 

Qatar announced Monday that Israel and Hamas agreed to extend the truce under the Hostage deal for another 48 hours.

“The State of Qatar announces, as part of the ongoing mediation, an agreement has been reached to extend the humanitarian truce for an additional two days in the Gaza Strip,” Majed al-Ansari, spokesman for Qatar’s Foreign Ministry, wrote on X.

The four-day truce has held since Friday, and the two sides swapped another group of prisoners on Monday. The exchange on Monday included 11 Israeli hostages and 33 Palestinian prisoners.

The exchange fulfilled Hamas’ commitment to hand over 50 Israelis during the initial four-day truce and Israel’s to release 150 Palestinians. Hamas has also released 19 other hostages, including 17 Thai nationals, a Filipino, and a Russian dual citizen, as part of separate arrangements.