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    Israeli Cabinet Approves Cease-Fire with Hamas That Includes Release of Some 50 Hostages

    Israeli Cabinet Approves Cease-Fire with Hamas That Includes Release of Some 50 Hostages

    's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a cease-fire deal with the Hamas militant group that would bring a temporary halt to a devastating war that has stretched on for over six weeks and release dozens of hostages being held in the Strip in exchange for Palestinians in Israeli prisons.

    Under the deal, Hamas is to free 50 of the roughly 240 hostages it is holding in the Gaza Strip over a four-day period, the Israeli government said Wednesday. It said it would extend the lull by an additional day for every 10 hostages released.

    The government said the first hostages to be released would be women and children.

    Ahead of Wednesday morning's Cabinet vote, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would resume its offensive against Hamas after the cease-fire expires.

    It was not immediately clear when the truce would go into effect.

    Netanyahu convened his Cabinet for the vote late Tuesday. The meeting stretched well into the early hours Wednesday, underscoring the sensitivity of a proposal that would suspend an Israeli offensive against Hamas before it has reached its goals.

    Ahead of the vote, Netanyahu sought to assure the government ministers that the break was only tactical, vowing to resume the offensive after the truce expires. Top security officials also attended the meeting.

    “We are at war, and we will continue the war,” Netanyahu said. “We will continue until we achieve all our goals.”

    Israel has…

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