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Israeli operations in Gaza may extend into Ramadan without deal, war cabinet member says

On Wednesday, Benny Gantz, a member of the Israeli war cabinet, indicated there were “promising early signs of progress” concerning a new agreement to free hostages from Gaza.

“There are ongoing attempts to promote a new hostage deal and there are promising early signs of possible progress,” Gantz said in a televised press briefing.

However, he also noted that without a new deal, the Israeli military would continue its operations in Gaza, extending into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which starts in March.

“If a new hostage deal is not achieved, we will continue operating also during Ramadan,” he said.