2nd LD Writethru: Israel, Hamas express readiness to extend humanitarian truce: source

GAZA, Nov. 27– An informed Palestinian source said on Monday that Israel and Hamas have expressed their readiness to extend the four-day humanitarian truce, which is scheduled to end on Tuesday. The source declined to talk about the details of the obstacles, but hinted that they had to do with the identity of some Israeli hostages that Israel claims are civilians…

GAZA, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) — An informed Palestinian source said on Monday that Israel and Hamas have expressed their readiness to extend the four-day humanitarian truce, which is scheduled to end on Tuesday.

The source, who requires anonymity, said both sides were open to the cease-fire extension, “but faced some hurdles that have prevented the truce extension from being announced.”

The source declined to talk about the details of the obstacles, but hinted that they had to do with the identity of some Israeli hostages that Israel claims are civilians but Hamas refuses to release on the grounds that they are military personnel.

The source indicated that another obstacle is related to the duration of the truce. Israel demands that 10 hostages be released for every day that the cease-fire is prolonged, while Hamas wants some time to get in touch with the locations where the hostages are being held before releasing them.

The source confirmed that the Qatari and Egyptian mediators were making “effective efforts” to extend the truce, noting that the result is expected in a few hours. Enditem