By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 28, Nov 2023, 17:47 pm IST | UPDATED: 28, Nov 2023, 17:47 pm IST
US President Joe Biden expressed his support for the two-day extension of the truce between Israel and Hamas, which was achieved through Qatar’s mediation, as The Times of Israel reported. In a statement, Biden said he had been deeply involved in ensuring the success of the deal, which was facilitated by US diplomacy. He also welcomed the release of more than 50 hostages by Hamas, including young children, mothers, and grandmothers.
Biden mentioned the case of Avigail Idan, a four-year-old Israeli-American girl who was freed yesterday after witnessing the murder of her parents by Hamas militants on October 7. Biden said he had spoken to her family and was working with Israel to provide her with the necessary care and support.
He also highlighted the increased humanitarian aid that was reaching the civilians in Gaza during the pause in fighting. He said the US was the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians and was committed to building a future of peace and dignity for them.
Biden thanked the leaders of Israel, Qatar, and Egypt for their cooperation and vowed to continue the efforts until all the hostages in Gaza were freed, as The Times of Israel stated. Earlier on Monday, Qatar announced that it had brokered an agreement between Israel and Hamas to prolong the four-day truce by another two days, according to Doha’s foreign ministry spokesperson.
This meant that at least ten more Israeli hostages would be released on Tuesday and Wednesday, while Israel would free 30 Palestinian prisoners on each day, as The Times of Israel reported. Hamas confirmed the truce extension and praised the Qatari and Egyptian mediation, but there was no immediate confirmation from Israel.