Headline RoundupNovember 22nd, 2023

Israel and Hamas Agree to Hostage Deal and Temporary Ceasefire

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a hostage-for-prisoners exchange and four-day ceasefire, in which some humanitarian aid will be able to enter Gaza.

The Details: At least 50 women and children will be freed from Gaza, in return for 150 Palestinian prisoners in Israel, all of whom will be women and children also. Qatar’s Foreign Ministry, Egypt, and the U.S. reportedly assisted in brokering the deal, in which Israel will add another day to the ceasefire for every additional 10 hostages released. The pause was expected to begin Thursday, but was delayed until Friday. Three U.S. citizens are expected to be freed, including a 3-year-old whose parents were killed during the Oct. 7 attack. Israel will also allow at least 200 aid trucks to enter Gaza per day during the ceasefire.

For Context: Hamas took approximately 240 hostages in its October 7 attack on southern Israel. Hamas has said that at least 60 have been killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces have also reported discovering dead Israeli hostages in Gaza.

How the Media Covered it: When mentioning context, right-rated outlets focused more on the toll of Hamas's attack on Israel. Left- and center-rated sources focused more on the extent of Israel's bombing of Gaza after the attack.

Why the Difference? Left- and center-rated sources are more focused on the humanitarian situation in Gaza. Right-rated sources are more focused on efforts to eliminate Hamas and protect Israelis. Read more about ideological divisions on Israel and Palestine.

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