[Live] Truce expires, Israeli army announces 'resumption of fighting' against Hamas

Journalists on the ground witnessed airstrikes and artillery fire in the northern Gaza Strip.

Israeli soldiers near the border with the Gaza Strip on November 30, 2023. AP - Tsafrir Abayov

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Eight Israeli hostages were freed on Thursday, November 30, including French-Israeli Mia Schem. In exchange, thirty Palestinian prisoners were released by Israel

Hamas said it was "ready to extend the truce" that had been in place since November 24 and ended at 7 a.m. (5 GMT) on Friday. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also called for the extension.

Three people were killed and several wounded in Jerusalem in a shooting attack on a bus stop Thursday morning by two Hamas-affiliated Palestinians who were shot dead.

Since Nov. 24, 110 hostages — 80 Israelis and 30 foreigners — have been freed by Hamas, according to Israel's count. For its part, Israel has released 240 Palestinian prisoners since 24 November.

■ The death toll from Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip has been nearly 15,000since the war began on October 7, including 6,150 children, according to the Hamas Health Ministry, which rules the Palestinian enclave. Since then, more than 1,200 Israelis have been killed.

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5:30 a.m.: Fighting resumes after the truce expires

The truce that came into effect on November 24 between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, ruling the Gaza Strip, expired Friday morning, and fighting resumed between the warring parties, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalists on the ground.

The truce expired at 7 a.m. local time (5:<> GMT). The Israeli military said in a statement that it had "resumed the fight against the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip," as rocket warning sirens sounded in several Israeli communities near the territory. In Gaza City, an AFP journalist reported dozens of Israeli artillery and airstrikes.

► A look back at the day of November 29 by clicking here.

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