Israel-Hamas Truce Expires, Fresh Fighting Reported

An Israeli soldier reloads the machine gun of tank Merkava, amid a temporary truce between Hamas and Israel, near Gaza, in South Israel, November 30, 2023. (Reuters/Alexander Ermochenko)

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters/Haodia) – A temporary truce between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas militants that was due to end at 7 a.m. on Friday has expired, with neither side announcing a deal to extend it.

In the hour before the truce was set to end, Israel said it intercepted a rocket fired from Gaza and Hamas-affiliated media reported sounds of explosions and gunfire in the Palestinian enclave.

The IDF has announced, “Hamas violated the agreement and in addition fired at Israeli territory. The IDF renewed fire against the terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip.”

The seven-day pause, which began on Nov. 24 and was extended twice, had allowed for the exchange of dozens of hostages held in Gaza for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners and facilitated the entry of humanitarian aid into the enclave.

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