Hamas freed 11 hostages in exchange for 33 prisoners



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Israel has again released 39 Palestinians from prison in the fourth phase of the ongoing ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. In return, 11 hostages were freed by Hamas, the pro-independence organization of Gaza.

Among those freed were six Argentines, three French nationals and two German nationals, a spokesman for Qatar's foreign ministry said.

On Tuesday (November 28), Hamas and the Israeli army confirmed the matter, according to news agency AFP and news outlet Al Jazeera.

Israel's prison authorities said early Tuesday that 33 more Palestinian prisoners were released "overnight" under a ceasefire agreement signed to bring back prisoners from the Gaza Strip, reports said.

The release of this latest prisoner brings the total number of Palestinian prisoners released by Israel to 150 in the four days of the ceasefire.

On the other hand, the Israeli military said that 11 prisoners from the Gaza Strip were released by the Palestinian independence armed group Hamas.

In a statement on Monday, the Israeli military said, "The 11 prisoners released based on information received from the Red Cross are currently on their way to Israel."

Shortly thereafter, the released prisoners arrived in Israel. An Israeli military spokesman later said the released prisoners would be medically examined and then reunited with their families.

Earlier, the four-day Hamas-Israel ceasefire was due to expire early Tuesday morning local time. The ceasefire was extended for another 2 days before the end of the scheduled period.

According to Israel, they will start attacking Gaza again after rescuing the hostages through the ceasefire. It may take a minimum of one to ten weeks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that the operation they have launched in Gaza will only end with the elimination of Hamas.

But the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for the Palestinians - UNRW said the situation will worsen if Israel starts attacking southern Gaza to eliminate Hamas.

It should be noted that after more than a month and a half of war, Hamas and Israel reached a four-day ceasefire agreement last Friday. According to the agreement, Hamas released 50 prisoners. On the other hand, Israel released 150 Palestinians from their prisons. Monday was the last day of this deal.

Although Israel has threatened to resume attacks on Gaza once the ceasefire expires. But at the last minute, Israel's ceasefire with Hamas in the besieged Gaza Strip was extended for two more days.



   

Air strike in northern Gaza, 20 Palestinians killed



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At least 20 people have been killed in Israeli airstrikes in the besieged northern Gaza Strip. More than 30,000 Palestinians have been killed so far by Israeli forces.

This information was published in a report of Anadolu news agency on Sunday (March 3).

According to the report, the airstrikes targeted the Jabalia refugee camp and two houses in the Saftawi area, north of Gaza City.

At least 20 people have been killed, according to local media. The bodies of 20 people were transferred to Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza after the attack.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health of the Gaza Strip said that 30,410 Palestinians have been killed so far as a result of Israel's attack on Gaza. Most of them are women and children. Besides, another 71 thousand 700 people were injured.

Meanwhile, Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry, one of the mediators in the Israel-Hamas war, said that a cease-fire may be reached in the Palestinian Gaza Strip before the start of Ramadan. He also said that both sides have agreed on the ceasefire period as well as the release of hostages and prisoners.

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This government is a 'coalition of losers': PTI



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Imran Khan, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, is accused of more than 150 criminal and civil cases. He is now in jail after being sentenced in multiple cases.

In this situation, a new government has been formed after the general election of the country. Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party called the government a 'coalition of losers', the BBC reported.

Even though Imran Khan is in jail, independent candidates who supported his party in the last February 8 elections have shown surprise. The way Imran campaigned using technology to win elections proved that he is the most popular politician. He is now also the most famous prisoner in the country, number 804.

Before the elections, this number became one of the campaign slogans of pro-PTI candidates. This means that Imran's popularity has been fully utilized by the party's leaders and activists. For this, the role of a group of leaders and activists with information technology knowledge is also significant.

Because, they were the ones who spread the speech of Prisoner Imran in the election campaign using artificial intelligence (AI). WhatsApp groups and websites were opened. Through this, they made Khan's speech artificially and delivered him to crores of voters, especially to the youth.

They took the benefits of it home. But PTI alleged that it was not possible to reap the full benefits due to widespread fraud in the polls.

Analysts are calling Pakistan's new government, which took office on Sunday (March 3) with Shehbaz Sharif as prime minister, shaky.

The recent elections were supposed to bring stability, writes Pakistani writer and journalist Mohammad Hanif. It was much needed to combat inflation and bitter political divisions in the country. But, it was replaced by a minority government, which is not strong at all. Those who joined were reluctant to join.

Imran's supporters campaigned in guerilla style in this election. Despite the obstacles, they were so strong in the polls that it became difficult to contain them through rigging.

Voter response to the Army's tactics in the election was unprecedented. They said, 'We are not as stupid as you think we are. We have the ballot in hand.

Most of Pakistan's politicians have been in jail at one point or another. But no one seems to have had more fun than Imran Khan because he won the election from prison.

On the other hand, he had to play with the tactics of the army as well. The army wanted to convey that Imran Khan and his party were finished. But, that strategy also failed because, before the election, the party organized a team of second-tier leaders and local loyalists to campaign for the victory of the embattled party.

They were sure that their leader would not be allowed to return to power. But they have shown through voting that they did not leave Imran despite the pressure of the army.

After Imran Khan's ouster, he vented his anger not only at his political opponents but also at the army. This also increased his popularity.

PTI supporters have decided to join the opposition. But, Imran Khan prefers to play his politics not in Parliament, but on the streets, public meetings and social media. PTI is terming the new government as a 'coalition of losers'. In fact, it is a coalition of parties that were individually defeated by Imran in the elections.

Many feel that Imran has become a more mature politician in prison.

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Shehbaz Sharif is the new Prime Minister of Pakistan



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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) President and former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has become the new Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Pakistani media Dawn reported that Shehbaz Sharif was elected as the 24th Prime Minister of Pakistan by getting 201 votes in the National Assembly election on Sunday (March 3). And his nearest rival Omar Ayub Khan of PTI got 92 votes.

In April 2022, the coalition government led by Imran Khan's PTI was ousted by the opposition in the National Assembly, the lower house of Pakistan's parliament. Prime Minister Imran resigned. After that, the opposition formed a coalition government in the country under the leadership of Shehbaz Sharif.

National Assembly elections were held in Pakistan on February 8 this year. In this election, no party got the majority to form the government. PTI-backed independent candidates won the most seats. PML-N gets the second highest number of seats. Pakistan People's Party (PPP) was ranked third. ML-N and PPP decided to form a coalition government in alliance.

Apart from the PPP, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and Inteqam-e-Pakistan Party supported Shehbaz Sharif for the post of Prime Minister. The Sunni Ittehad Council is supporting PTI leader Omar Ayub Khan.

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Israel has accepted a conditional ceasefire agreement in Gaza



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Israel has conditionally accepted the ceasefire agreement with the Palestinian independence movement Hamas. A senior US official said on Saturday (March 2). Meanwhile, the United States has started dropping relief supplies from the air in war-torn Gaza.

On Sunday (March 3), Qatar-based media Al Jazeera reported this information.

According to the report, the senior US official said that Israel has more or less accepted the ceasefire agreement with Hamas. Now the rest depends on the decision of Hamas.

According to the US administration, the six-week ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas will come into effect soon. But its implementation will begin only after the organization agrees to release the most vulnerable hostages held by Hamas and signs the deal.

The cease-fire announcement came hours after a US military cargo plane dropped humanitarian aid into besieged Gaza.

According to the US Central Command, the relief materials that have been given since Saturday include 38,000 packets of food that will ensure the necessary assistance to civilians affected by the ongoing war.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council expressed deep concern about the food crisis in Gaza in a statement on Saturday and called for continuous food aid there.



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