Israel gives 4-hour, daily ceasefire in Gaza for humanitarian aid

On Thursday, US National Security spokesman John Kirby announced that Israel has agreed to daily four-hour humanitarian pauses in northern Gaza and will not conduct military operations during that time.

This will allow Palestinians impacted by the war in northern Gaza to obtain food, medicine, and other necessities in southern Gaza, according to CBS News.

Kirby said that Israel would give a three-hour warning before the pause begins each day but did not confirm how many days Israel had agreed to the pauses.

The national security spokesman explained that Israel's agreement followed multiple meetings between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, national security adviser Jake Sullivan, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

The Israeli prime minister's office said in a statement that the Israeli Defense Forces have been allowing Palestinians to access safe passage through the Gaza Strip and there will be no ceasefire without the release of hostages from Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups.

"The fighting continues and there will be no ceasefire without the release of our hostages," the statement reads. "Israel is allowing safe passage through humanitarian corridors from the northern Gaza Strip to the south, which 50,000 Gazans utilized just yesterday. We once again call on the civilian population of Gaza to evacuate to the south."

Kirby warned that although Israel has agreed to the humanitarian pauses, Hamas might prevent Palestinians from leaving, the outlet reports. Hamas has been placing weapons in UN buildings and schools that are being utilized for humanitarian aid, according to Israeli officials.

Directors of Mossad and the CIA, William Burns and David Barnea, are in Doha, Qatar, for trilateral discussions with the Qataris to iron out the specifics of a possible humanitarian pause that would involve the release of hostages and the introduction of further aid into Gaza, according to an official familiar with the visit, CBS reports.

Israel has been waging war on Hamas since Oct. 7 when they carried out a terrorist attack and slaughtered more than 1400 Israeli civilian men, women, and children.

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