Netanyahu added that he would welcome an extension of the truce if it facilitated the release of 10 additional hostages each day, as agreed under the original deal brokered by Qatar.

The White House reported that "Biden and Netanyahu agreed in a phone call to continue working to secure the release of all hostages."

According to the statement, Netanyahu and Biden discussed "a cessation of hostilities and an increase in additional much-needed humanitarian assistance in Gaza."

According to the statement, Biden welcomed "the release of hostages by Hamas over the past three days."

Israeli authorities say the Hamas offensive killed about 1200,240 people, most of them civilians, during which about <> people were detained and taken to the Gaza Strip.

Since then, Israel has launched intensive bombardment of the Strip and began ground operations since Oct. 27, killing some 15,<> people, including more than six thousand children, according to Hamas.


Under Qatari and Egyptian auspices, Israel and Hamas reached an agreement on a four-day humanitarian truce during which Hamas hostages would be exchanged for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.