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Israel and Hamas to extend Gaza cease-fire by one day

Israel’s military and the Hamas militant group have agreed to extend the cease-fire in Gaza by one more day, allowing the release of more hostages and Palestinian prisoners.

The truce was extended after Israel was given a list of women and children for potential release, the Israeli government said Thursday.

Israel’s war cabinet had unanimously decided the previous night that fighting would start immediately if the list was not handed over to them by 7:00 a.m. local time Thursday.

This is the second time the truce has been extended.

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IDF says 2 released hostages are in Israel

An image grab from a handout video released by the Hamas Media Office shows Hamas fighters handing over newly released Russian hostages to the Red Cross, in the Gaza Strip on November 29, 2023. Two hostages with Russian citizenship released by Hamas in the Gaza Strip on November 29 arrived in Egypt via the Rafah crossing, state television Al-Qahera News reported. 

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Two recently released hostages are now with IDF forces inside Israeli territory, according to a joint statement from the Israel Defense Forces and the Israel Security Agency.

The IDF and ISA said their forces are currently in Israeli territory with the two hostages and that after the two undergo medical assessment, they will be escorted by IDF to a hospital to be reunited with family.

Israel identified the released hostages as Yelena Trupanov, 50, and Irena Tati, 73.

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U.S. Navy warship shoots down drone launched by Houthis from Yemen, official says

A U.S. Navy warship sailing near the Bab el-Mandeb Strait shot down a drone launched from Yemen, a U.S. official said Wednesday, in the latest in a string of threats from Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) sets sail in the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey, July 14, 2019.

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The official said according to initial reports, USS Carney, a Navy destroyer, deemed the drone — an Iranian-made KAS-04 — to be a threat and shot it down over water in the southern Red Sea as the ship was moving toward the strait. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a military operation not yet made public.

The Wednesday shootdown comes a day after a Iranian drone flew within 1,500 yards of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier as it was conducting flight operations in international waters in the Arabian Gulf.

Navy Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, said the drone “violated safety precautions” by not staying more than 10 nautical miles from the ship. The drone ignored multiple warnings but eventually turned away.

Associated Press

Two Russian hostages released by Hamas to the Red Cross in Rafah

A Red Cross vehicle carrying two Russian hostages released by Hamas drives through the Rafah crossing with Egypt, on November 29, 2023. 

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A Red Cross vehicle carrying two Russian hostages released by Hamas drives through the Rafah crossing on Nov. 29.

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IDF says it is looking at Hamas claims that youngest hostage has been killed

The IDF said Wednesday that it was looking into claims from Hamas that the youngest hostage in Gaza, 10-month-old Kfir Bibas, has been killed along with 4-year-old brother Ariel Bibas and their mother Shiri Bibas.

Ofri Bibas Levy, whose brother, Yarden Bibas, sister-in-law, Shiri Bibas, and their two children, Ariel, 4 years old, and Kfir, 10 months old, are held hostage in Gaza, speaks during a rally calling for their immediate release on the fifth day of a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas outside The Museum of Modern Art known as the ‘The Hostages and Missing Square’ on November 28, 2023 in Tel Aviv, Israel. I

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“The IDF is assessing the accuracy of the information. Hamas is wholly responsible for the security of all hostages in the Gaza Strip. Hamas must be held accountable,” the IDF statement read.

The armed wing of Hamas, al-Qassam Brigades, earlier said that the three had been killed in Israeli bombardment. NBC News was not able to verify the claims.

“Hamas’ actions continue to endanger the hostages, which include nine children. Hamas must immediately release our hostages. The IDF, along with other security agencies, will continue to accompany the Bibas family, as well as all families of the hostages and missing persons,” the statement said.

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Truce extension for at least 2 days is current expectation: NBC News

NBC News report, citing a senior Arab diplomat directly involved in the negotiations, that the current expectation is for the Israel-Hamas truce to be extended for at least two additional days.

Discussions are ongoing in Qatar to secure a new deal beyond tonight’s deadline.

Freed Israeli hostages tell families of beatings and death threats

A screen grab captured from a video shows Israeli hostages in the Gaza Strip were handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Rafah, Gaza on November 29, 2023. 

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Israeli women and children on their return from Hamas captivity in Gaza speak of being beaten and threatened with death, moved from place to place and forced to whisper during weeks spent with little to do, their families say.

Most hostages released during a six-day-old truce have been rushed to hospitals out of sight in a country still reeling from the shock of their abduction during a Hamas rampage on Oct. 7 in which Israel says 1,200 people were killed.

A screen grab captured from a video shows Israeli hostages in the Gaza Strip were handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Rafah, Gaza on November 29, 2023. 

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Danny Brom, director of METIV: The Israel Psychotrauma Center, said some will need medical treatment but others will not. Many will need to talk, and “the main issue that needs to be restored is a sense of control,” he said.

“People coming through horrific things are not sick,” Brom said. “They need to cope with it, they need to get space, time and a warm environment in order to do that, but not necessarily in a medical setting.”

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Blinken expresses belief that Israel wants to see truce extended

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken gives a press conference following the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting on Ukraine at its Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium November 29, 2023. 

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said his country would like to see the current truce in the Gaza Strip extended and expressed belief that Israel is of a like mind.

“Its continuation, by definition, means that more hostages will be coming home, more assistance will be getting in,” he told reporters during a NATO press briefing, according to NBC News. “So clearly, that’s something we want. And I believe it’s also something that that Israel wants.”

He signaled he would be approaching the Israeli administration over a potential extension of the truce, which is due to lapse in less than 24 hours.

“I expect to take that up tomorrow when I’m in Israel, meeting with the government, and again, we have other colleagues in the government who are intensely working on that,” Blinken said. The U.S., Egypt and Qatar were central in brokering the agreement, which the U.S. top envoy said has facilitated the release of some hostages and further humanitarian assistance for the Gaza Strip.

The U.S. secretary of state is visiting Israel, the West Bank and the UAE over the course of this week.

Ruxandra Iordache

Erdogan blasts Netanyahu as the ‘butcher of Gaza’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ramped up criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom he has dubbed the “butcher of Gaza,” amid ongoing objections to the Israeli incursion in the enclave.

“Netanyahu, who committed one of the greatest atrocities of the last century in Gaza, has already written his name in history as the ‘butcher of Gaza,'” Erdogan said, in CNBC-translated comments reported by Turkish state agency Anadolu.

Erdogan, a supporter of Palestinian people who has sent convoys of humanitarian aid to the enclave, has heatedly and repeatedly spoken out against Israel for its campaign into the territory, which he accuses of harming civilians locally. He has previously said he could no longer speak to Netanyahu, in light of Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu has responded by saying he would not accept being lectured by Erdogan.

CNBC has reached out to the Israeli prime minister’s office for comment.

Ruxandra Iordache

UN chief reiterates call for two-state solution to conflict

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres press briefing at UN Headquarters on climate crisis following the recent travel to Chile and Antarctica. Secretary-General answered questions on upcoming COP28 meeting in Dubai and continued war between Israel and Hamas.

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has once more called for a two-state solution to the Israel-Hamas conflict on the U.N.-observed International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people.

The event is a “moment to reaffirm their right to live in peace and dignity,” Guterres said on social media.

“It is long past time to move in a determined, irreversible way towards a two-State solution, on the basis of @UN resolutions and international law,” he added.

Guterres has previously urged such a long-term resolution to the war, which would create an independent Palestinian state alongside that of Israel.

Ruxandra Iordache

Biden says continuing down path of violence would give Hamas what they seek

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the release of hostages from Gaza, in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on Nov. 24, 2023.

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U.S. President Joe Biden said that pursuing a path of violence would “give Hamas what they seek,” amid international calls for an extension of the truce between Israel and the Palestinian militant group.

“Hamas unleashed a terrorist attack because they fear nothing more than Israelis and Palestinians living side by side in peace,” Biden said Tuesday night on social media. “To continue down the path of terror, violence, killing, and war is to give Hamas what they seek. We can’t do that.”

He further reiterated the merits of a two-state solution, which would generate an independent Israeli state, as “the only way to guarantee the long-term security of both the Israeli and the Palestinian people.”

He added, “To make sure Israelis and Palestinians alike live in equal measure of freedom and dignity, we will not give up on working towards that goal.”

A close ally of Israel, which has repeatedly endorsed the country’s right to self-defense, Washington has been increasingly backing efforts for a humanitarian pause and was, alongside Egypt and Qatar, one of three key mediators that brokered the current truce agreement.

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Israel carried out an incursion in the Jenin refugee camp, Doctors without Borders says

Israeli military vehicles patrol in the Jenin refugee camp, in the occupied West Bank on November 29, 2023, during an ongoing military operation in the camp. 

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Christos Christou, surgeon and international president of Medicins sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders), said on social media that Israeli forces had carried out an incursion in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank.

Christou said he was just visiting the MSF team at the local Khalil Suleiman hospital when the incident occurred.

Israeli soldiers patrol in the Jenin refugee camp, in the occupied West Bank on November 29, 2023, during an ongoing military operation in the camp.

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CNBC could not independently verify the report. The Israel Defense Forces have yet to comment on such an incursion.

The occupied West Bank is not under Hamas control. Multiple Israeli raids have been reported in the region since the start of the Israel-Hamas wars, raising international concerns that the conflict could spill outside of the Gaza Strip.

An Israeli soldier takes aim from behind a wall as journalists cover their patrol in the Jenin refugee camp, in the occupied West Bank on November 29, 2023, during an ongoing military operation in the camp.

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Six-truck convoy reaches Jabalia region, UN agency says

A six-truck convoy carrying humanitarian aid has reached U.N. shelters in the Jabalia region, the site of the largest refugee camp in the Palestinian territories, which has been cut off from assistance for nearly 50 days, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency said Wednesday.

Trucks carrying humanitarian aid enter the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing with Egypt, hours after the start of a four-day truce in battles between Israel and Palestinian Hamas militants, on November 24, 2023. 

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UNRWA and other humanitarian groups have been able to more freely receive and distribute aid resources throughout the north of the Gaza enclave — which has suffered under persistent bombardment throughout the Israeli offensive — since the start of the temporary Israel-Hamas truce late last week.

“Buildings have just been cleaved open. A mess of masonry, twisted metal and sheet iron blown everywhere. As we drove through Gaza City it was like a ghost town; all the streets were deserted. The impact of heavy airstrikes and shelling was so visible. Roads are riddled with craters, complicating aid deliveries,” said Thomas White, director of UNRWA Affairs in the Gaza Strip.

More than 70% of the people in the Gaza Strip have been displaced by the Israel-Hamas conflict, UNRWA estimates.

Ruxandra Iordache

Dialysis center resumes work in north of the Gaza Strip

The Palestinian health ministry has resumed providing dialysis services at the Noura Al-Kaabi center in the northern Gaza Strip, Hamas said in a Google-translated Telegram update on Tuesday.

Specialized medical services in the Gaza Strip — particularly in the bombarded north of the enclave — have been disrupted by hostilities and fuel shortages that have depowered critical medical equipment. For weeks, multiple medical complexes in the north of the Gaza Strip have been unable to function in a hospital capacity, as a result, consigning the treatment of injured Palestinian people to the remaining medical facilities in the south of the territory.

The latest truce agreement between Israel and Hamas has allowed humanitarian assistants to bring in and distribute further fuel supplies for critical infrastructure.

Ruxandra Iordache

Two Thai nationals among latest hostage releases

Hamas and Islamic Jihad fighters accompany newly released hostages before handing them over to the Red Cross in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on November 28, 2023. 

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Two Thai citizens were among the latest batch of hostages released by Palestinian militant group Hamas on Tuesday, alongside 10 Israeli nationals, the Israel Defense Forces said on Telegram. The captives were released in exchange for 30 Palestinian people who were freed from Israeli jails.

Groups of hostages have been released on a daily basis since the Friday start of a humanitarian pause in fighting, whose latest extension is set to lapse within a day. It remains to be seen whether Israel and Hamas will further prolong the agreement — a key objective of mediator Qatar.

Ruxandra Iordache

G7 foreign ministers express support for further truce extension

The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven alliance released a Tuesday statement expressing support for the lengthening of a truce between Israel and Hamas, whose two-day extension is set to expire within a day.

“We support the further extension of this pause and future pauses as needed to enable assistance to be scaled up, and to facilitate the release of all hostages,” the statement said. “We underscore the importance of protecting civilians and compliance with international law, in particular international humanitarian law.”

The coalition praised the extended humanitarian pause agreement as a “crucial step” toward brokering the freedom of hostages and bringing in humanitarian aid into the besieged and resource-deprived Gaza Strip.

The G7 group reunites Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K, the U.S. and the EU. It further urged that all hostages held by Palestinian militant group Hamas should be released “immediately and unconditionally,” as well as emphasizing Israel’s “right to defend itself and its people, in accordance with international law, as it seeks to prevent a recurrence of the October 7 attacks.”

The statement also called on Yemen’s Houthi militants to cease maritime aggressions and released the detained Galaxy Leader vessel and its crew, seized on Nov. 19.

Ruxandra Iordache

Images show daily life of displaced Palestinians taking shelter at a UNRWA school in Rafah

A view of an United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) school in Rafah, Gaza used as a sheltering place for displaced Palestinians on November 28, 2023. 

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A view of an United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) school in Rafah, Gaza used as a sheltering place for displaced Palestinians on November 28, 2023. 

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People cook at an United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) school in Rafah, Gaza used as a sheltering place for displaced Palestinians on November 28, 2023. 

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A view of an United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) school in Rafah, Gaza used as a sheltering place for displaced Palestinians on November 28, 2023. 

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A child is seen at an United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) school in Rafah, Gaza used as a sheltering place for displaced Palestinians on November 28, 2023. 

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Photos document destruction of buildings built for residents of Gaza

Citizens walk among the rubble in the residential area known as Juhor ad-Dik, built by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and heavily damaged due to Israeli attacks in the southeastern part of the enclave of Gaza Strip on November 28, 2023. 

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Citizens walk among the rubble in the residential area known as Juhor ad-Dik, built by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and heavily damaged due to Israeli attacks in the southeastern part of the enclave of Gaza Strip on November 28, 2023. 

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A child walks among the rubble in the residential area known as Juhor ad-Dik, built by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and heavily damaged due to Israeli attacks in the southeastern part of the enclave of Gaza Strip on November 28, 2023. 

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A view of the residential area known as Juhor ad-Dik, built by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), which was heavily damaged due to Israeli attacks in the southeastern part of the enclave of Gaza Strip on November 28, 2023. 

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A child is seen among the rubble in the residential area known as Juhor ad-Dik, built by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and heavily damaged due to Israeli attacks in the southeastern part of the enclave of Gaza Strip on November 28, 2023. 

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