The truce in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, which began on Friday (24 November), has been extended beyond the planned deadlines - four days, initially - to continue the release of Israeli hostages in dribs and drabs in exchange for Palestinian prisoners.
To date, 104 hostages (out of 240) have been freed against 240 Palestinian prisoners. Among those released, mainly civilian women and minors. Under diplomatic pressure, Hamas prioritized the release of foreign nationals. Both sides are not yet considering the release of combatants or senior soldiers, who are considered more "valuable" in such situations.
The intense diplomatic efforts of the US, Egyptian and Qatari mediators have tried to postpone the end of the truce as much as possible in order to prolong these releases - illustrated here by Urbs - and allow the entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza. But a ceasefire is still not on the agenda: the truce having expired, fighting resumed on Friday 1 December.
Rodolphe, aka Urbs, became a cartoonist after voluntarily deciding to hibernate in a bookstore and art gallery since 2002. He owes his nickname to his punk period, heavily influenced by Bazooka, situationism and a Latin book on his high school desk. He drew for the newspapers Le Resistant, Sud-Ouest, Dazibao, and Le Canard Enchaîné.
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