A four-day truce in the Israel-Hamas conflict appears to be holding. While there hasn’t been any official word from either side, the first aid trucks have now been allowed into Gaza with the first group of Israeli women and children released by Hamas.
The temporary pause in fighting was sparked by widespread international condemnation of the Israel-Hamas conflict, with South Africa opting to suspend diplomatic ties with the Israelis until a permanent ceasefire is established.
Over the next four days, 50 women and children abducted by Hamas in the unprecedented October 7th attacks will be released in exchange for 150 Palestinian women and minors held in Israeli prisons.
The nearly two-month-long war has seen more than 15 000 lives lost on both sides.
In the latest from the ground, Thailand’s government has confirmed that 12 Thai hostages have also been released by Hamas amid the Gaza truce. Article by Naomi Kobbie
Written by: Lindiwe Mabena