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Israeli tanks target areas in Gaza in violation of truce after ceasefire extended

An Israeli soldier stands atop a tank near the border between the Gaza Strip and the occupied territories on November 26, 2023. (Photo by AFP)

Israeli tanks have targeted areas in the Gaza Strip in violation of the terms of a temporary truce that has brought a halt to a bloody Israeli onslaught on the besieged Palestinian territory.

Israeli tanks reportedly fired toward the al-Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip and Sheikh Radwan district of Gaza City on Tuesday.

The attacks violated an initial four-day truce in Gaza between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement, which was prolonged by an additional two days on Monday.

The extension provides for the release of 20 more captives from Gaza and 60 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. 

So far, Hamas has released 69 captives, including 51 Israelis and 19 of other nationalities in exchange for the freedom of 150 Palestinians from Israeli prison, mainly women and minors.

The ceasefire has also allowed for humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, where more than 1.7 million displaced Palestinians are in urgent need of safe and sustained access to drinking water, food, health, fuel, and medicine.

Israel waged the war on Gaza on October 7 after Hamas conducted Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in retaliation for its intensified atrocities against the Palestinian people.

Since the start of the aggression, the Tel Aviv regime has killed over 15,000 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and left vast swathes of the coastal enclave in ruins. An additional 7,000 Palestinians are missing and believed to be under the rubble. 

Israel has also imposed a “complete siege” on the territory, cutting off fuel, electricity, food, and water to the more than two million Palestinians living there.

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