The swaps should begin on Friday morning Israeli time…..
This has happened before…..
President Biden is STILl leaning on Israeli PM Netanyahu for ‘safe’ area’s’ and a extended cease fire….
Here’s what we know:
The Qatari government, which has brokered talks between Israel and Hamas, said a four-day pause in fighting would begin at 7 a.m. local time, with hostage and prisoner releases to follow.
Biden looking for ‘safe area’s in Gaza by the Israeli’s and a Palestinian state post conflict….
President Biden and his aides are using an agreement for a brief halt to hostilities in Gaza to push the Israeli government to take broad measures aimed at lessening the harm to Palestinian civilians, including setting up safe areas, allowing in more medical aid and permitting larger deliveries of fuel, U.S. officials say.
American and Qatari officials are also pushing their Israeli counterparts to consider extending the planned four-day pause in fighting if Hamas pledges to free more hostages beyond the 50 now promised. The agreement, whose details were still under negotiation, has terms for extending the pause.
Israel continues to dismiss calls for a longer-term cease-fire accompanied by political negotiations, despite growing U.S. and international concern about the civilian deaths and humanitarian crisis in Gaza….
In their call, Mr. Biden and the Qatari emir “reiterated the importance of protecting civilian lives, respecting international humanitarian law and increasing and sustaining humanitarian assistance to Palestinians in Gaza,” according to the White House.
The two also talked about setting the conditions for “the establishment of a Palestinian state” — a goal that Mr. Biden says is the best solution to the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict…..
Houthi controlled areas in Yemen fire missiles at Israel that are shoot down by a US Arleigh Burke-class destroyer…
The U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said the USS Thomas Hudner, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, shot down multiple “one-way attack drones” in the Red Sea on Thursday morning.
“On the morning (Yemen time) of November 23, the USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) shot down multiple one-way attack drones launched from Houthi controlled areas in Yemen,” CENTCOM posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“The drones were shot down while the U.S. warship was on patrol in the Red Sea.”
Officials said the ship was not damaged and no crew members were injured….
The Houthi rebels also recently claimed missile and drone attacks targeting Israel, drawing their main sponsor, Iran, closer to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, The Associated Press noted.
The Houthis are currently in a cease-fire amid a civil war with the Yemeni government….