Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s national security adviser on Wednesday said the release of hostages from Gaza under a temporary truce agreement will not happen until Friday. The Qatari-negotiated truce deal between Israel and Hamas marked the first major diplomatic breakthrough in the conflict and allows at least 50 hostages and scores of Palestinian prisoners to be freed, while offering besieged Gaza residents a four-day truce and humanitarian aid after weeks of all-out war. Read our blog to see how the day's events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).
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Key Developments from Tuesday, November 21:
At least 13,000 Palestinians, including at least 5,500 children, have been killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza since October 7, the government media office in the Hamas-controlled enclave said on Saturday.
Some 1,200 people have been killed in Israel, mostly during the initial attack by Hamas, and around 240 were taken captive by militants.
Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet Tuesday night that a hostage deal is the "right decision".
US President Joe Biden said that a deal to free some of the more than 200 hostages being held by Hamas in Gaza was "very close".
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