Israel, Hamas Agree to Two-Day Temporary Ceasefire Extension

Israel and Hamas reached an agreement to extend a temporary ceasefire for two days.

“The State of Qatar announces that, as part of the ongoing mediation, an agreement has been reached to extend the humanitarian truce for an additional two days in the Gaza Strip,” shared Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Majed Al Ansari.

Israel previously said it would extend the ceasefire every day for every 10 hostages released.

Hamas announced that it “has agreed with Qatar and Egypt to extend the temporary humanitarian truce for an additional two days under the same conditions reached before,” according to Newsweek.

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters that the White House is “still in discussions” about further ceasefire extensions.

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) said the Biden administration should pressure Qatar to imprison Hamas leaders for holding hostages.

“Qatar has blood on its hands. President Biden should demand that Qatar arrest Hamas leaders and seize their assets.” Lee tweeted. “He should make this demand every day — twice on Tuesdays — at least until every hostage has been safely returned. If Qatar refuses, there should be consequences.”

“Qatar gives sanctuary to terrorists who committed war crimes against American and Israeli citizens. The United States should revisit its co[z]y relationship with Qatar,” the senator added.