The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas finally announced today Thursday that agreed to extend, for a seventh day, the cease-fire with the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip that is implemented from Friday.

Hamas’ armed wing earlier called on its members in the Gaza Strip to prepare for the possibility of a resumption of war with the Israeli army in the event that the ceasefire, which came into effect on Friday and expires at 07:00 (local and Greek time), is not renewed.

“The Al-Qassam Brigades call on their active forces to maintain a high level of combat readiness in the final hours of the ceasefire,” said a statement released by the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement.

The text urged its members to remain on alert “unless an official announcement” is made by Hamas. which “will confirm the extension” of the armistice.

“Our proposal was rejected”

The Islamist Palestinian movement in power in the Gaza Strip had announced that the Israeli government rejected the proposal which asked him to release seven women and children in his hands and to hand over the bodies of three other hostages who died in Israeli bombardments, in order to extend for another day the cease-fire in effect from Friday.

And this “despite the fact that we have confirmed through the mediators that this group (of hostages) consists of the last hostages that the movement (Hamas) has and they fall into the agreed category” of hostages to be released, emphasizes a statement that he released.

IDF: The ceasefire is extended

However, the Israeli army announced – minutes before it expired – that the truce with the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip was being extended for another day in order to “continue the efforts of the mediators to release the hostages”.

“In light of the efforts of the mediators to continue the process of releasing the hostages and subject to the terms of the framework, the operational pause will continue,” the Israeli military said.