DUBAI, December 1. /TASS/. The Gaza ceasefire has expired and the Palestinian movement Hamas failed to announce its extension, the Al Hadath TV channel reported.
According to the broadcaster, Israeli aircraft have returned to the skies over the Palestinian enclave, while the Israel Defense Forces is carrying out strikes at its northwestern areas. Gaza’s Interior Ministry said that Israel aircraft had bombarded the south of the enclave.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF), in turn, blamed Hamas for violating the truce. Earlier on Friday, the army reported that air raid sirens had gone off in communities near Gaza and a launch from the enclave had been intercepted.
Hamas announced on November 22 that an agreement on a four-day humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip had been reached through the mediation of Qatar and Egypt. The Gaza ceasefire took effect at 7:00 a.m. local time (5:00 a.m. GMT) on November 24. The agreement stipulates the release of women and teenagers under the age of 19 who are held in Gaza in exchange for the release of women and teenagers under the age of 19 from Israeli prisons. On November 27, the parties agreed to extend the truce for two more days and on the morning of November 30, it was extended for another day.