A Brief Pause in Gaza: Residents Experience Temporary Peace



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

A Brief Pause in Gaza: Residents Experience Temporary Peace
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The ongoing conflict in Gaza has experienced a temporary pause, bringing a rare sense of normalcy to its residents. An aid worker living in Gaza, Yousef Hammash, shared his experiences with CNN, highlighting the significant change this truce has brought to daily life.

“This is the first time since seven weeks we were able to walk safely in the streets, sleep safely, be in the streets without having that feeling you might get bombed at any second,” he explained. Hammash, an employee of the Norwegian Refugee Council, spoke with CNN's Alex Marquardt about the impact of the truce.

He described the current state as a fleeting reprieve, overshadowed by the uncertainty of what might follow. “We lived these three days and tomorrow we are going to live the fourth day, but we are preparing ourselves that we might die in the fifth day.

That’s the situation in Gaza,” he said, referring to the tentative nature of the four-day truce.

The Quest for Lasting Peace and Aid

The brief ceasefire has allowed Hammash, a father of two, to gather supplies for his family in anticipation of the winter months.

However, he stressed that four days is hardly sufficient. Describing the effort to secure necessary resources as "an impossible mission," he underscored the desperate need for substantial humanitarian aid and called for a permanent peace agreement from the international community.

Remember, both Israel and Hamas have shown interest in extending the truce, garnering support from key nations, including the United States and Qatar. The current agreement includes a clause allowing for an additional day of ceasefire for every ten hostages released by Hamas.

Negotiations and Uncertainty

As of now, no extension deal has been confirmed. Israel has received a list of hostages expected to be released by Hamas on Monday, and discussions about this list are ongoing, as stated by the Israeli prime minister's office.

"Discussions are being held on the list that was received overnight and which is now being evaluated in Israel," the office conveyed on behalf of the government coordinator for hostages and missing persons. Monday marks the fourth, and potentially final, day of the initially negotiated truce between Hamas and Israel.

Discussions about extending the truce have been underway, but the absence of a formal agreement maintains a palpable tension in the region. As the deadline approaches, the fate of the truce and the hope for a more permanent resolution hang in the balance.