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Wednesday 22-November-2023

The Hamas Movement announced at dawn Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with the Israeli occupation regime on a four-day humanitarian ceasefire following concentrated mediation efforts by Qatar and Egypt.

“Based on our responsibility towards our long-suffering and steadfast Palestinian people and our tireless endeavor to strengthen the steadfastness of our heroic people in our proud Gaza to assist them and heal their wounds … and after difficult and complex negotiations for several days we announce — with help and blessing from Almighty Allah —  that we have reached a humanitarian truce agreement (temporary ceasefire) for a period of four days thanks to persistent and appreciated Qatari and Egyptian efforts” the Movement stated.

In a statement published on its Telegram account Hamas revealed the most prominent provisions of the agreement:

• A ceasefire from both sides a cessation of all military actions by the occupation forces in all areas of the Gaza Strip and a freeze on the movement of their military vehicles that have infiltrated into the Gaza Strip.

• Hundreds of aid trucks carrying humanitarian relief medical and fuel supplies will be allowed into all areas of the Gaza Strip with no exception in the north and south.

• The release of 50 civilian women and children (under the age of 19) currently held in the Gaza Strip in exchange for the release of 150 Palestinian women and children (under the age of 19) from Israeli jails according to the time they have spent in jail.

• Air traffic will stop completely in southern Gaza during these four days and for daily six-hour periods in the north from 10:00 a.m. until 04:00 p.m.

• During the ceasefire period Israel commits not to target or arrest anyone in all areas of the Gaza Strip.

• The free movement of people from north to south along Salahuddin Street is guaranteed.

“As we announce the conclusion of this truce agreement we affirm that our hands will remain on the trigger and our Brigades will remain on the lookout to defend our people.”

“The resistance has steered the negotiations while its position on the ground is steadfast and strong despite the occupation’s attempts to procrastinate in this regard.”

“The terms of the agreement have been formulated in accordance with the resistance’s vision that aims to serve our people and strengthen their steadfastness in the face of aggression while it will always remain mindful of their sacrifices suffering and concerns.”

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