IDF end temporary truce with Hamas as strikes begin to hammer Gaza again

Israeli troops gather stand atop a tank on the border with the Gaza Strip on November 30, 2023

Israel have claimed that Hamas have violated the terms of the ceasefire

Holly Bishop

By Holly Bishop

Published: 01/12/2023

- 08:13

Israel have claimed that Hamas have violated the terms of the ceasefire

The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) have announced that their truce with Hamas will end, claiming that the terrorist group have violated the ceasefire.

After seven days of a truce, the IDF said fighting will resume after they intercepted a missile fired from Gaza an hour before the deadline ran out this morning.

Israeli Air strikes have since been recommended in southern Gaza, with the IDF stating that drones are "currently striking Hamas targets".

Hamas said that fourteen Palestinians had been killed so far.

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Announcing the resumption of hostilities, the IDF said: "Hamas violated the operational pause, and in addition, fired toward Israeli territory.

"The IDF has resumed combat against the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed that Hamas did not agree to release further hostages, violating on terms of the truce.

His office claimed that the militant group failed to release all female hostages as initially negotiated.


Hostages reunited with family

The first hostages were released on November 24


"With the resumption of fighting we emphasise: The Israeli government is committed to achieving the goals of the war - to free our hostages, to eliminate Hamas, and to ensure that Gaza will never pose a threat to the residents of Israel," it said in a statement.

Hamas was also defiant in his stance.

"What Israel did not achieve during the fifty days before the truce, it will not achieve by continuing its aggression after the truce," Ezzat El Rashq, a member of the Hamas political bureau, said on the group's website.

During the week-long ceasefire, 110 hostages held by Hamas and 240 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel were released.

Smoke plumes billow during Israeli air strikes in Gaza City

The IDF stated that drones are 'currently striking Hamas targets'

Hostage posters

Hundreds of hostages have been released during the truce


The deadline expired at 7.00am (5.00am GMT).

The truce, which began on November 24, was extended from its original four-day span.

The pause in fighting allowed for the exchange of dozens of hostages, as well as facilitating the entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza.

The IDF has said up to two million people should move to al Mawasi, a 1km by 14km "barren wilderness" in southern Gaza, however the World Health Organisation has called the move a recipe for disaster.

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