Headline RoundupNovember 27th, 2023

Israel and Hamas Extend Ceasefire, Hamas to Release 20 Additional Hostages

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Israel and Hamas’ ceasefire will extend for at least two additional days as more hostages are released, the White House confirmed on Monday.

Details: The original agreement was set to end on Monday. Hamas will release an additional 20 hostages during the extension, adding to the 50 hostages freed in the initial days of the ceasefire. Israel agreed to allow additional aid into Gaza and to release three Palestinian prisoners held in Israel for every hostage released by Hamas.

Key Quote: In a statement Monday, President Joe Biden said his administration is working to increase the amount of aid moving into Gaza and "will continue our efforts to build a future of peace and dignity for the Palestinian people." Biden thanked leaders of Israel, Qatar, and Egypt for “their commitment to this process and in reaching the agreement.” Biden concluded, “We will not stop until all of the hostages held by Hamas terrorists are released.”

How the Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum covered the extension. The reported death toll in Gaza varied slightly across outlets, with Axios (Lean Left bias) reporting it as “at least 14,850,” and the Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) reporting “more than 13,300 people.”

Why the Difference? People on the left are generally more focused on civilians in Gaza than people on the right, who focus more on Israelis. Left-rated outlets may therefore be more willing to report higher estimated death tolls than right-rated sources. Read more about Israel-Palestine divisions.

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