Israel-Hamas LIVE: First hostages are expected to be released by terror group tomorrow as Pope says the conflict ‘has gone beyond war – this is terrorism’
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Reaction to the hostage deal from the UN and World Health Organisation

  • UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the deal between Israel and Hamas is ‘important step in the right direction, but much more needs to be done.’
  • Meanwhile, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he welcomes the truce, but added: This is not enough to end the suffering of civilians.
  • He called for the remaining hostages to be freed and for a ceasefire in Gaza.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the United Nations prior to a meeting about the ongoing conflict in Gaza, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, U.S., November 6, 2023.  REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs/

PICTURED: Israeli soldiers inspect destroyed homes in kibbutz stormed by Hamas on October 7

Breaking: Hostage deal will be repeated this month, Palestinian official says

  • The Israel-Hamas deal agreed today for the freeing of 50 hostages held in Gaza in exchange for the release of 150 Palestinian prisoners will be repeated later this month, a Palestinian official has told Reuters.
  • The news agency reports that the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that would mean a total release of 100 of the around 240 people Hamas seized during its October 7 killing spree in southern Israel.

ISW: Israel continued to expand operations in Gaza yesterday amid Hamas attacks, even as truce deal was being hammered out

Here is the Institute for the Study of War’s operational update from Tuesday, looking at the situation on the ground in Gaza.

  • Even as talks drew closer on a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas, the US-based think tank says Israeli forces encircled Jabalia refugee camp and expanded their operations elsewhere.
  • Palestinian fighters also continued their attacks on Israeli forces, it said.

You can read the ISW’s assessment below:

Hamas outlines official terms of truce deal

Hamas has announced the official terms of the truce agreement with Israel in a statement. They include:

  • The release of 50 Israeli hostages – only including women and children below the age of 19.
  • The release of 150 Palestinian women and children from Israeli prisons.
  • A four-day ceasefire across the Gaza Strip, to be honoured by both parties.
  • An increased entry of aid trucks carrying relief supplies, medical assistance, and fuel to all parts of the territory.
  • No Israeli air traffic in the south of Gaza throughout the four days.
  • No Israeli of air traffic in the north of Gaza from 10am to 4pm daily.
  • Freedom of movement for civilians, particularly along the crucial Salah al Din road, the main highway which connects north and south Gaza.

Despite the truce, Hamas promised in the statement to ‘persist as the protective shield and defenders of our people.’

PICTURED: Mass graves are filled with the bodies of Palestinians killed in Israeli bombardment

  • Harrowing pictures show piles of corpses wrapped in blue body bags in a mass grave in Khan Younis, southern Gaza.
  • The dead are reported to be Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes and fire who were transported from Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City for burial.
A man arranges the bodies of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes and fire, as they are buried in a mass grave, after they were transported from Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City for burial, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 22, 2023. REUTERS/Fadi Shana
KHAN YUNIS, GAZA - NOVEMBER 22: An aerial view of people placing the bodies of dead Palestinians, who lost their lives during the Israeli attacks, in a mass grave in the cemetery in Khan Yunis, Gaza on November 22, 2023. The bodies, detained by the Israeli authorities, were delivered by Israel through the Red Cross Organization to the authorities in Gaza. (Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu via Getty Images)
The bodies of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes and fire are buried in a mass grave, after they were transported from Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City for burial, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 22, 2023. REUTERS/Fadi Shana
KHAN YUNIS, GAZA - NOVEMBER 22: People place the bodies of dead Palestinians, who lost their lives during the Israeli attacks, in a mass grave in the cemetery in Khan Yunis, Gaza on November 22, 2023. The bodies, detained by the Israeli authorities, were delivered by Israel through the Red Cross Organization to the authorities in Gaza. (Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu via Getty Images)

First hostages will be released tomorrow with more in the coming days

  • Hamas is set to provide Israel with a list on Wednesday night of ten hostages set to be released tomorrow via the Red Cross, reports Israel National News.
  • On Friday and Saturday, ten hostages will be released each day, while a further 20 will be released on Sunday – the last day of the ceasefire, according to reports.

UN Middle East Official says deal ‘is an ‘important step in the right direction’

  • The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has welcomed the truce deal, saying it is an ‘important step in the right direction’.
  • Tor Wennesland said the pause ‘must be used to its fullest extent to facilitate the release of hostages and alleviate the dire needs of Palestinians in Gaza’.

Read his full statement below:

UN agency in Gaza says at least 191 people sheltering in its schools have been killed and two buildings ‘completely demolished’

Israeli politician warns hostage deal sets ‘a dangerous precedent’ that plays into Hamas’s hands

  • Israeli politician Ben Gvir (pictured) said the release of the hostages sets a ‘dangerous precedent’ that could play into the hands of the terrorists.
  • The far-right politician said the deal, which will see 150 Palestinians released in exchange for 50 hostages, gives Hamas terrorists everything they wanted.
Israel's National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir speaks from a podium to police officers and members of the Israel's police volunteer security teams, in Ashkelon, Israel, October 27, 2023. REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura

VIDEO: IDF says 400 Hamas tunnel shafts in Gaza have been destroyed

  • The IDF says its troops have exposed and destroyed around 400 Hamas tunnel shafts since the conflict began on 7 October.
  • It claimed that many of the tunnel shafts its troops had uncovered are located in hospitals, schools and homes.

Watch the video released by the IDF here:

Breaking: Hamas says temporary truce will begin at 10am tomorrow

  • The temporary truce between Hamas and Israel will come into force from 10am tomorrow, a Palestinian official told Al Jazeera.
  • Hamas official Abu Marzouk said most of the hostages planned to be released have foreign citizenship, without specifying if they also hold Israeli passports, israel’s Channel 12 reports.
  • Egypt’s state-run Qahera TV has also reported that the truce will begin at 10am local time tomorrow (8am UK time).

Pope warns war has crossed line and become ‘terrorism’, with both sides suffering

  • The Pope told his general audience in St Peter’s Square today that he has heard directly from both sides in the Israel-Hamas conflict, and that each are suffering.
  • ‘This is what wars do. But here we have gone beyond wars. This is not war. This is terrorism,’ he said.
epa10988972 Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City, 22 November 2023.  EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MEO

VIDEO: IDF shares footage showing troops operating in the Gaza Strip

Israel continues to warn residents of northern Gaza to evacuate to the south

  • The Israel Defence Forces have renewed calls for residents in the north of the Gaza Strip to move south, despite an impending ceasefire.

Breaking: Process of recovering hostages to start tomorrow, Israel’s foreign minister says

  • Israel expects to recover the first hostages being freed from the Gaza Strip tomorrow, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen told Army Radio.
  • Interviewed this morning, he declined to confirm a report that the process would begin at 5am on Thursday.

Group for families of Israel hostages says it is ‘very happy’ about expected releases

  • Relatives of hostages seized from Israel by Palestinian militants said they were ‘very happy’ at the news that some of them are set to be released after a truce deal between Israel and Hamas.
  • ‘We are very happy that a partial release is pending,’ the Hostages and Missing Families Forum said in a statement.
  • As loved ones hold their breath as they wait to see who will be freed, the group added: ‘As of now, we don’t know exactly who will be released when.’
  • Abigail Mor Edan, three, was among those kidnapped by Hamas on October 7.
  • Her father Roy Edan, 43, a photojournalist, and his wife Smadar Edan, 40, were murdered but she escaped to a neighbor’s home.
  • The American child is expected to be freed after a deal was brokered between Israel and Hamas.

Read the full story here:

Palestinian Red Crescent says 14 ambulances have arrived at Al-Shifa hospital to evacuate patients

  • Palestinians sheltering in Al-Shifa hospital have been leaving in droves since it was occupied by Israeli forces last week.
  • Over the weekend, 31 premature babies were taken out and moved to a hospital in the south.
  • Now, more patients and wounded are expected to be moved elsewhere in Gaza.

PICTURED: Israeli forces ‘conducting ground operations’ in Gaza

  • Israel has shared pictures that it says shows IDF troops operating inside Gaza ahead of a four-day ceasefire.
  • The IDF said its forces were killing terrorists, destroying infrastructure and locating ‘weapons stored inside civilian buildings’.
  • It added that troops had successfully ‘neutralised a terror tunnel shaft’ this morning.
This handout picture released by the Israeli army on November 22, 2023, shows soldiers during a military operation in the Gaza Strip amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (Photo by Israeli Army / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ISRAELI ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo by -/Israeli Army/AFP via Getty Images)
This handout picture released by the Israeli army on November 22, 2023, shows soldiers and a dog during a military operation in the Gaza Strip amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (Photo by Israeli Army / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ISRAELI ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo by -/Israeli Army/AFP via Getty Images)

VIDEO: IDF says warplanes are striking Hezbollah targets in Lebanon

  • IDF spokesperson Daniel Hagari said that IDF warplanes hit several Hezbollah targets in Lebanon a short while ago.
  • He shared aerial footage on X which he said showed ‘terrorist infrastructure’ being attacked.
  • Shrone Lifschitz, whose mother was released by Hamas almost four weeks ago, has said she fears her captive father won’t ‘last much longer’.

Read the full story here:

World welcomes truce agreement

The deal between Israel and Hamas after weeks of intense negotiations has been hailed as a ‘crucial step’ by UK Foreign Minister David Cameron. Here is how other parts of the world have responded:

Russia: Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told state news agency TASS: ‘Moscow welcomes the four-day ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas, something Russia has called for since the conflict escalated.’

China: Beijing has welcomed the deal, saying it hopes it will ‘de-escalate the conflict and ease tensions’.

Germany: Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on X that the hostage release deal is a ‘breakthrough – even if nothing in the world can undo their suffering.’

European Union: Ursula von der Leyen said she ‘wholeheartedly welcomes’ the agreement, adding that the European Commission will ‘do its utmost to use this pause for a humanitarian surge to Gaza’.

Palestinian Authority: A spokesman for the Fatah-controlled government that oversees parts of the occupied West Bank said: ‘President Abbas and the leadership welcome the humanitarian truce agreement… and renew the call for a comprehensive cessation of the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people’.

A woman holds portraits of hostages Erez Kalderon, 12, and of children of the Goldstein Almog family as protesters rally outside the Unicef offices in Tel Aviv on November 20, 2023 to demand the release of Israelis held hostage in Gaza since the October 7 attack by Hamas militants, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian armed group. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

PICTURED: Huge plumes of smoke tower of Gaza as Israeli bombardment continues

  • Pictures taken of the Gaza Strip from southern Israel show smoke billowing as Israel continues airstrikes ahead of a temporary truce coming into force.
TOPSHOT - This picture taken from southern Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip shows smoke billowing after an Israeli strike in north Gaza on November 22, 2023, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP) (Photo by JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP via Getty Images)
This picture taken from southern Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip shows smoke billowing as missiles drop during an Israeli strike in north Gaza on November 22, 2023, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP) (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

UK Foreign Minister David Cameron says deal is a ‘crucial step’ and urges both sides to deliver it ‘in full’

The UK’s newly appointed Foreign Minister (and former Prime Minister) David Cameron has responded to news of the hostage release deal.

He said in a statement shared by the Foreign Office (FCDO) that the pause in fighting will help much-needed aid to get into Gaza.

EU Commission chief welcomes agreement to free hostages

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen has said she welcomes the deal between Israel and Hamas.

I wholeheartedly welcome the agreement reached on the release of the 50 hostages and on a pause in hostilities. Every day these mothers and children are held hostage by terrorists is one too many. I share the joy of the families who can soon embrace their loved ones again. And I am so grateful to all those who have worked tirelessly through diplomatic channels in recent weeks to broker this agreement. I call on the terrorist Hamas to immediately release all hostages and allow them to return home safely.

  • Under the terms of the agreement, Hamas is to free 50 women and children it is holding in the Gaza Strip over a four-day period – which would be extended by an additional day for every 10 hostages released, the Israeli government said.

Read the full story here:

PICTURED: Homes devastated by continued Israeli bombing in the southern Gaza Strip

  • Pictures show Palestinians combing through the rubble of razed buildings after another night of Israeli strikes in the southern Gaza Strip.
Palestiniams recover items from the rubble of a building following Israeli strikes in the southern Gaza Strip on November 22, 2023, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP) (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)
Palestinians check the rubble following Israeli strikes in southern Gaza Strip on November 22, 2023, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP) (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)
A Palestinian boy stands amidst the rubble of a building following Israeli strikes in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on November 22, 2023, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP) (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)

Good morning and welcome to MailOnline’s live blog. Here are the key updates today:

  • Israel and Hamas have reached a deal aimed at freeing some of the 240 hostages held in Gaza in return for a temporary ceasefire and access for humanitarian aid.
  • Under the terms of the agreement, Hamas is to free 50 women and children over a four-day period, during which there will be a pause in fighting.
  • While confirming the deal had been agreed upon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the war against Hamas would not stop after the temporary truce.
  • Hamas confirmed it had agreed to the deal, citing its responsibility to the people of Gaza ‘to provide relief and heal their wounds’, but warned Israel that ‘our hands will remain on the trigger’.
  • After weeks of intense negotiations, the news has been welcomed around the world, with China saying it hopes it will ‘de-escalate the conflict and ease tensions’.





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