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Published Nov 24, 2023 at 4:41 PM IST

Day 1 of ceasefire in Israel Hamas war

A temporary ceasefire agreement to facilitate the release of dozens of people taken hostage during Hamas’ raid on Israel is expected to bring the first respite to war-weary Palestinians in Gaza and a glimmer of hope to the families of the captives. After hitting a last-minute snag, the deal took effect Friday, a day later than originally planned. Under its terms, Israel and Hamas agreed to a four-day halt in hostilities. Palestinian prisoners held by Israel would also be freed as part of the agreement.

The deal was brokered by Qatar, the U.S. and Egypt and announced on Wednesday. It capped weeks of fitful indirect negotiations and set the stage for a tense period that could determine the course of the war, which was set off by Hamas’ Oct. 7 raid.

Gursimran Singh explains what the first day of ceasefire between Israel and Hamas looks like as he drives towards the Rafah border crossing where the swap will take place. 

Published November 24th, 2023 at 16:41 IST

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