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The fragile truce reached between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip entered its third day today, and has so far led to the release of 26 Israelis, 78 Palestinians, 14 Thais and one Filipino.
After a few hours of uncertainty, given the possibility of the pact remaining a dead letter, almost at the stroke of midnight the agreement was put back on track after the mediation of Qatar and Egypt.
Shortly after, in the early hours of the morning, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) released 13 Israelis, all women or minors, and four Thais, while Benjamin Netanyahu's government did the same with 39 Palestinian women and children.
It was another relatively peaceful and quiet night for residents of the coastal enclave, without the threat of death in airstrikes, Al Jazeera television reported.
"But for those who are surrounded by destruction, blood and the bodies of loved ones, the ceasefire didn't change much about how they feel," he said.
It is estimated that more than 1.7 million Palestinians were displaced by the Israeli aggression, which began on 7 October, and more than 14,000 lost their lives, including some 6,500 children.
The cessation of hostilities began on Friday at 07:00 local time and will last until tomorrow at the earliest.
As part of the pact, the armed movement will release a total of fifty Israeli women and children, and in exchange, Netanyahu will release a minimum of 150 Palestinian prisoners, including women and children.
For every 10 additional people released by the Palestinian militia, the pause would be extended by 24 more hours, and in return the neighboring country would release 30 more inmates, at a rate of three to one, according to Qatar, which, along with Egypt, was key to achieving the temporary pause.
According to the agreement, some 200 trucks loaded with aid and 130,000 litres of fuel will enter the Gaza Strip every day during the cessation of hostilities.
Despite the truce in Gaza, Israeli security forces continued their operations in the West Bank, where many Palestinians have been killed or injured in various towns and villages since last Friday.
The truce allowed more food, fuel and medicine to enter the enclave, which is experiencing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, through the Rafah border crossing.
(With information from Prensa Latina)