A senior member of Hamas’ political bureau has expressed hope that the ceasefire between Israeli regime and the Palestinian resistance movement would be extended for a longer time.
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Khalil al-Hayya, said in an interview with Qatar-based Al Jazeera television network,” We hope that we could extend the truce for a longer period of time.”
The four-day truce entered into force on Friday, following about seven weeks of Israel's devastating war on the blockaded Palestinian territory, and has been already extended for two days past its expiry on Monday.
His remarks came after earlier the same day, Hamas said in a statement that it had agreed to the extension after talks with Qatar and Egypt, and the truce will be extended under the initial terms of the agreement.
Gaza’s Government Media Office said in a report on Monday that more than 15,000 Palestinians were killed in Israel's genocidal war before the truce took effect. It added that the figure included 6,150 children and 4,000 women, with more than 33,000 others injured.
The regime began its latest act of aggression against Gaza on October 7 following an operation by the territory's resistance groups in response to decades of Israel's crimes and violence against Palestinians.
The truce deal also included a prisoner swap agreement between Hamas and Israel, which mandated the release of 50 Israeli captives in exchange for 150 Palestinian prisoners, all of them women and children.
Prior to Monday, 39 Israeli captives and 117 Palestinian prisoners were released in three phases under the swap agreement. In addition, Hamas has also released 19 foreign nationals.
"This mechanism will continue during the next two days to hand over 10 Israelis in exchange for 30 Palestinians," the Hamas official said.
"We seek to enter into a new deal that goes beyond [the release of just] women and children," al-Hayya said, adding, "A new deal related to other groups [of Palestinian prisoners] could be reached after the exchange of women and children is completed."
Besides its incessant and indiscriminate bombardment of Gaza during the war, Israel cut off the flow of basic supplies, such as water, electricity, medicines, and fuel into one of the world's most densely-populated territories that houses over two million Palestinians.
The truce agreement was also supposed to enable transfer of humanitarian aid to the coastal territory, especially its northern part, which has seen the most intense of Israel's brutal attacks.
Al-Hayya complained that "there has been a failure and delay in delivering aid to northern Gaza during the past days, and we hope that this will change."