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Israel-Hamas Truce Extended Amidst Blinken’s Visit; Developments Unfold in the Region

In a last-minute agreement, the Israel-Hamas truce has been extended for a seventh day, providing an additional window for the release of hostages and the delivery of aid to Gaza. The extension, secured moments before the truce’s expiration, aligns with the ongoing visit of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to the region. Blinken has commended the truce’s impact, emphasizing its role in facilitating aid distribution to Gaza and expressing hope for its continuation.

Thai Nationals Freed: Seventeen Thai nationals, previously kidnapped and subsequently released by Hamas, have returned to Bangkok. Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin welcomed them home upon their safe return.

Jerusalem Shooting: Tragedy struck in Jerusalem as at least three people were killed and seven wounded in a shooting at a bus stop. Local authorities report the attack, and Hamas claims responsibility, attributing the perpetrators to its military wing, Al-Qassam Brigades.

Palestinian Man Killed: During a prisoner release from Ofer prison in the West Bank, Israeli forces reportedly killed a 21-year-old Palestinian man, Fadi Muayyad Badran. The Palestinian Ministry of Health stated that Badran was not among the prisoners scheduled for release.

International Humanitarian Law Concerns: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez expressed “serious doubts” about Israel’s compliance with international humanitarian law in Gaza, citing concerns over the impact on civilians, particularly children.

As diplomatic efforts persist, the extension of the truce remains a focal point, with the situation in the region evolving against the backdrop of these latest developments.