Hamas terrorists have reportedly “violated” the temporary ceasefire with Israel by ambushing Israeli forces with gunfire and explosions in Gaza.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Tuesday that terrorists have violated the ceasefire by attacking its forces in multiple locations.
The IDF said in a statement:
“Over the last hour, 3 explosive devices were detonated adjacent to IDF troops in 2 different locations in northern Gaza, violating the framework of the operational pause.
“In one of the locations, terrorists also opened fire at the troops, who responded with fire.”
“A number of soldiers were lightly injured during the incidents,” the statement added.
“IDF troops were located in positions as per the framework of the operational pause.”
Over the last hour, 3 explosive devices were detonated adjacent to IDF troops in 2 different locations in northern Gaza, violating the framework of the operational pause.
In one of the locations, terrorists also opened fire at the troops, who responded with fire. A number of…
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 28, 2023
The developments come as Hamas is expected to release 10 additional Israeli hostages at some point today.
The release was supposed to be made during the first day of an extended cease-fire agreement.
The deal first went into effect on Friday.
Until now, there has been no activity inside the Gaza Strip between Israel’s military and Hamas.
Hamas released a statement saying it remains committed to the terms of the ceasefire and it in turn accused Israel of violations.
“As a result of a clear violation by the enemy of the truce agreement in the northern Gaza Strip today, field friction occurred and our mujahideen dealt with this violation,” Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades wrote in a statement.
“We are committed to the truce as long as the enemy has committed to it, and we call on the mediators to pressure the occupation to adhere to all the terms of the truce on the ground and in the air.”
Israel secured the release of at least 69 hostages since the cease-fire began on Friday.
The hostages were exchanged for 150 Palestinian criminals held in Israeli prisons.
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week that the “release of every additional ten hostages will result in one additional day in the pause” in the fighting.
Despite the current pause in hostilities, Israel has made clear that it is only a pause and not an end to the war.
In a statement, Netanyahu’s office asserted:
“The Government of Israel, the IDF, and the security services will continue the war in order to return home all of the hostages, complete the elimination of Hamas, and ensure that there will be no new threat to the State of Israel from Gaza.”