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  • The release of several hostages and a temporary truce in fighting expected Thursday has been delayed. Under the Israel-Hamas deal at least 50 hostages held in Gaza are to be freed – but none will be released before Friday, Israel says.
  • An Israeli official familiar with the matter downplayed the seriousness of the delay, putting it down to “fairly minor implementation details.” The agreement was a breakthrough after weeks of fighting.
  • The director of Gaza’s largest hospital, Al-Shifa, was arrested by Israeli forces, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Ministry of Health. Israel has not confirmed the arrest but said he “needs to be questioned.”
  • The head of UNICEF has called the Gaza Strip “the most dangerous place” in the world right now to be a child, saying over 100 children have died per day for weeks.
  • Here’s how to help humanitarian efforts in Israel and Gaza.

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