The seven-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas came to an end early on Friday. Both sides placed blame on each other for the ceasefire’s collapse.
Israel claims Hamas had “violated the operational pause” and fired towards Israeli territory.
On the other side a Hamas official alleges that Israeli actions had thwarted talks to extend the ceasefire.
The offer to release elderly male hostages and the bodies of three Israeli hostages was reportedly refused by the Israelis, according to Hamas.
NetNewsLedger can not independently verify either claim at this time.
There were reports of several airstrikes in Gaza on Friday morning. Sirens also sounded in Israeli communities near the Gaza border, as reported by the Israel Defense Forces.
Qatar, the mediator in discussions between Israel and Gaza, has expressed profound disappointment regarding the renewal of hostilities.
Qatar also expressed concern over Israel’s swift bombing of Gaza right after the temporary ceasefire ended, stating that this action has made the mediation process more challenging.
The ongoing negotiations between the two parties are still in progress, with the goal of achieving a renewed ceasefire.