The Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron welcomes the truce between Israel and Hamas as this is a “crucial step” in seeing hostages being released.
Hamas has said they will release around 50 hostages which were taken from southern Israel on 7 October and there will also be an exchange pf Palestinian prisoners which will also allow for humanitarian relief in the Gaza Strip.
There will be a ceasefire for four days which will see 50 out of around 240 hostages to be released to Israel, which will be extended by 24 hours for every additional 10 hostages.
Qatar brokered the deal which they say will also include, “the release of a number of Palestinian women and children detained in Israeli prisons, the number of those released will be increased in later stages of implementing the agreement.”
Lord Cameron said, “This agreement is a crucial step towards providing relief to the families of the hostages and addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
“I urge all parties to ensure the agreement is delivered in full. Of course, we want to see all hostages released immediately and families affected by the horrors of the October 7 terror attack reunited.
“This pause provides an important opportunity to ensure much greater volumes of food, fuel and other life-saving aid can reach Gaza on a sustained basis.
“We have already doubled our aid commitment to Palestinians this year and will work closely with the UN to ensure it reaches those who need it.
“The UK will continue to work with all partners in the region to secure the release of all hostages, restore security and reach a long-term political solution which enables both Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace.”