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Israel agrees to daily 4-hour pauses in Gaza operations, White House says

The White House said the humanitarian pauses will help civilians get out of harm's way as Israeli airstrikes and ground forces target Hamas infrastructure and militants.
Palestinians stand on a destroyed vehicle as they watch rescuers search the debris of a building after an Israeli strike on Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on Nov. 9, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas.

WASHINGTON — Israel will implement daily four-hour pauses in its military operations in northern Gaza for civilians to evacuate and to increase the flow of aid, the White House announced Thursday. 

National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said the pauses in Israel’s battle against Hamas, which will be announced three hours beforehand, were the "direct result" of talks between US and Israeli officials. 

“We've been told by the Israelis that there will be no military operations in these areas over the duration of the pause, and that this process is starting today,” Kirby told reporters in an online briefing.

An Israeli official speaking to Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity described the halt in operations as a "tactical, localized pause" that Israel will implement each day in a specific area so that people can move south and access food and medicine.

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