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Adnan El-Bursh-BBC Arabic, reporting from Gaza
Away from the hostage deal between Israel and Hamas, let’s remind ourselves of the humanitarian situation in Gaza.
Here in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza, there are people as far as the eye can see. It’s supposed to be a “safe” city compared with the devastated north, its population bursting with the displaced.
Hundreds are in the queue for cooking gas and some people say they have been waiting here three days, sleeping on the side of the street in the cold, in the hope of being able to cook something hot.
As the hundreds wait, some sitting on their gas cylinders, tempers fray.
“Where are all Arabs and Muslims?” a middle-aged woman shouts angrily as she waits in line for gas. “Where are all the defenders of human rights? You’ve left the Palestinian people to suffer, go hungry and be destroyed.”
Desperation and frustration are visible in her face, despair lurking in the background. “We’ve been waiting in line to fill one gas cylinder since early morning,” she says. “I performed my morning prayers while standing.”
She tells me she was displaced from Beit Hanoun in the north, just 2km (1.2 miles) from the boundary with Israel. She’s now living with her family in a UN school in Deir al-Balah.
“I can’t describe the destruction,” she says. “Entire families have been erased from civil records. They were killed under their houses. Gaza has been completely destroyed. Have mercy on us.”
Tuesday was the first of a two-day extension to a break in fighting that will run out in 24 hours’ time.
But there is a good chance, I think, that we will then see another 48-hour extension agreed by the two parties.
It’s clear that both sides seem to want that, as long as we have this process going more or less according to plan – with very little in the way of interruptions or challenges.
We don’t know the state of the negotiations that have been going on, but we know they’ve been going on. Efforts to keep this truce going will be intense.
But don’t forget that when this process is over, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his troops are planning to continue their operations in Gaza with what he calls “full force”.
Israel has received the names of more hostages who may be released from Gaza today, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman Tal Heinrich has told the BBC.
“We have received the list, we are notifying the families of the people who appear on the list and all other families of the hostages still being held in the Gaza Strip right now,” Heinrich told the BBC.
“We said that we are willing to extend this mechanism as we saw today… for every 10 extra Israeli hostages that Hamas release, we agreed to another extra day of humanitarian pause in the fighting.”
If it goes ahead, it will be the sixth group of hostages released from Gaza since fighting paused last Friday. Eighty-one have been released so far.
On Tuesday, Israel and Hamas agreed to extend their agreed four-day truce in Gaza for another two days.