Gaza truce enters final day as hopes for extension rise

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A four-day truce between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is set to expire on Monday, amid growing calls for an extension and a permanent ceasefire. The truce, brokered by Qatar with the help of Egypt began on Friday with an exchange of hostages and prisoners between the two sides.

The truce resulted in the release of hostages and Palestinian prisoners.

The truce also allowed the delivery of humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, where more than 15,000 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced by Israeli airstrikes and ground invasion since October 7. Israel has agreed to allow 130,000 liters of fuel a day into Gaza for humanitarian needs, as well as food, medicine, and other supplies.

The international community has welcomed the truce as a rare opportunity to end the bloodshed and resume negotiations for a lasting peace.

However, both Israel and Hamas have warned that they are ready to resume hostilities if the other side violates the truce or fails to meet their demands.

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